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  (Source: Reuters)
Officials are launching an investigation into how it collects and shares location data

Just as the U.S. Federal Trade Commission was preparing to launch an investigation into Google's search practices, the BBC reports that South Korean police raided Google's office in Seoul. The raid was part of South Korea’s own investigation into whether the search giant has been illegally gathering location data through its mobile advertising platform, AdMob.

A Google Korea spokeswoman confirmed that officials visited the office earlier today "to investigate how cellphones and tablets that run on Google's Android operating system collect information about users' location," according to Market Watch

She added that Google intends to "fully cooperate with the investigation."

The investigation comes at a time of increased scrutiny over how wireless carriers, app developers, and handset makers collect and share private location data. Just last week, news broke that U.S. lawmakers were looking into these practices, urging the various stakeholders to be subject to privacy laws.

Apple founder Steve Jobs also weighed in on the discussion.

In late 2009, Google purchased AdMob for $750 million, Market Watch reports. "We suspect AdMob collected personal location information without consent or approval from the Korean Communication Commission," a South Korean police official told the BBC.

The Google probe comes just days after the Korea Communications Commission sent Apple's Korean unit a list of inquiries asking how it collects and shares location data from iPhone and iPad users.

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By sprockkets on 5/3/2011 10:31:25 AM , Rating: 4
Visit != Raid

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By Dr of crap on 5/3/2011 10:54:21 AM , Rating: 4
Yet again gooooood reporting.
A visit is translated into a raid for the shocker headline!

Gooood journalism student - he learned goood!

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By edpierce on 5/3/2011 11:29:38 AM , Rating: 3
raided = raided = the term the BBC used in their article. the BBC actually did the opposite of what DT did with the headlines though.

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By tastyratz on 5/3/2011 12:26:53 PM , Rating: 2
He forgot to mention the pillage! They were raped and pillaged of a copy of their data (just ask mpaa it is the same thing!)

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By Dr of crap on 5/3/2011 12:30:24 PM , Rating: 2
Raided, and pillaged, and plondered and their women raped and the town burned.
It was EPIC!

Now back to our show.

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By geddarkstorm on 5/3/2011 2:04:38 PM , Rating: 2
Don't forget the ceremonial soiling of quilts!

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By tastyratz on 5/3/2011 5:52:16 PM , Rating: 3
I bet they did that when they knocked on the door then waited in the lobby; you know - during the raid

Google Raiding
By neogrin on 5/3/2011 2:30:51 PM , Rating: 5
The article doesn't say if the raid made it all the way to the End Boss.

Nor does it say what Epic Loots dropped.

RE: Google Raiding
By SilthDraeth on 5/4/2011 1:46:36 AM , Rating: 2
If you knew anything, you would know that Koreans often have the "World Firsts", they often also exploit game mechanics to get the "World Firsts" and they get to keep all loot, because of the way the rules work in Korea, just like if they beta test a game, they get to keep their beta characters, while in the states the beta characters get erased, and we have to start over...

So even though the article doesn't specify, we can assume the following...

-They made it to the End Boss
-They got their loot
-Any means they used to accomplish it will be strictly forbidden to Americans with the threat of being banned, and or thrown in prison.

"And boy have we patented it!" -- Steve Jobs, Macworld 2007

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