Google has had their share of problems with authorities in Europe regarding data collection practices. Now South Korea has targeted Google for allegedly collecting and storing data against local laws. Specifically, Google is targeting the AdMob division, which handles ads on mobile platforms.
Earlier today, the Korean National Police Agency (KNPA) raided Google’s offices in Seoul, on allegations the search giant had collected location data without permission. The investigation stems from Google’s AdMob mobile ads product. To collect personal information, Google must first receive consent or approval from the Korean Communication Commission.
Officials in Seoul investigated Google in January, concluding Google’s Street View cars had also illegally obtained information about WiFi networks and other personal data from over 600,000 South Korean wireless users. Reuters reports that Google has confirmed KNPA came to their offices in Seoul and that Google is cooperating with the investigation. No other details are available at this time.
Google’s competitors in South Korea have recently filed complaints with the South Korean Fair Trade Commission, alleging anticompetitive practices.
Google was scrutinized by the FCC last year and recently has also been the target of investigations from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and is facing pressure from the Texas Attorney General, who is calling for an antitrust investigation of Google’s AdWords product.