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
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.
that Google intends to "fully cooperate with the investigation."
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.
founder Steve Jobs also weighed
in on the discussion.
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.
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.