Police: Data Collected Illegally
PRIVACY LAW—SOUTH KOREAJanuary 6, 2011
South Korea's police authority says Google broke the country's privacy law when it collected WiFi data with its Street View cars, The Guardian reports. The authority says it will conclude its investigation by the end of January. It is not yet known whether Seoul--where Google's Korean headquarters are located--will prosecute the company. Google's Korean arm said, "As soon as we realized what had happened, we stopped collecting all WiFi data from our Street View cars and immediately informed the authorities. We have been cooperating with the Korean communications commission and the police and will continue to do so." The company is facing similar investigations in more than 20 countries.