Seoul Police Raids Google Offices over Personal Data Collection in Korea

Police in Korea have raided local offices of Google in what they say is a search for evidence that Google’s mobile advertising arm has been illegally collecting private data. The probe is not directly related to a previous investigation of Google in Korea. That probe concerned the incidental collection of personal data while Google cars were cruising through neighborhoods and taking photographs for the company’s Street View service. Police said members of their cyber unit conducted the raid Tuesday. They carried away hard drives and other equipment related to Google’s AdMob unit, which is suspected of collecting personal location information without authority or permission.

Google officials say they are cooperating with the latest investigation, which comes amid rising concern that Apple and other mobile telephone producers are saving data on users’ personal movements for advertising purposes.