Google Facing Fines In South Korea, Adding To Wi-Fi Collection Problems

The South Korean government said Google had violated privacy collecting "e-mails and other personal information from unsecured wireless networks while it took photos of neighborhoods in South Korea for its Street View mapping service between October 2009 and May 2010," according to the Associated Press.

Google could be charged with violating two South Korean laws, and face fines of up to $44,800 and $26,900.

Google's has faced numerous privacy issues in Europe, the U.S., Canada, and Australia.

About the author

Frank Watson has been involved with the Web since it started. For the past five years, he headed SEM for FXCM -- at one time one of the top 25 spenders with AdWords. He has worked with most of the major analytics companies and pioneered the ability to tie online marketing with offline conversion.

He has now started his own marketing agency, Kangamurra Media. This new venture will keep him busy when he is not editing the Search Engine Watch forums, blogging at a number of authoritative sites, and developing some interesting online community sites.

He was one of the first 100 AdWords Professionals, a Yahoo and Overture Ambassador, and a member or mod of many of the industry forums. He is also on the Click Quality Council and has worked hard to diminish click fraud.