The office of Google Korea has been raided by authorities just recently. The government do suspects that the search and advertisement giant has violated the country’s telecommunication-privacy law. The data that has been confiscated would undergo a complex investigation and see to it if Google has collected and stored private information illegally while it has been preparing for the South Korean launch of its Street View mapping service.
The service would allow its users to have a panoramic street scenes on Google Maps and take a virtual walk through cities. It would be launched later this year in the country. As a preparation, the company has dispatched Street View Cars around the city which has been equipped with cameras to capture pictures of the street and the neighborhood.
According to the Cyber Terror Response Center of the Korean National Police Agency, these Street View Cars may have illegally captured and stored personal data from wireless networks while they were mapping streets.
A Google’s spokesperson, Lois Kim has confirmed the visitation of the authorities in their office and has sad that it would answer any questions they have.
This issue has been heightened because a similar service is also available in South Korea’s Daum named Daum Road View. Ever since, Google has been having a hard time penetrating the internet world in South Korea because it has been dominated by its own search engine.
Google said it plans to introduce its Street View feature for 20 of Germany’s largest cities, including Berlin, Munich and Frankfurt, before the end of the year.
At the insistence of authorities, the faces of individuals and licenses plates will be blurred. People can also ask to have images of their homes removed from the database starting next week, a move aimed at dispelling privacy fears, the Associated Press reported. “This tool available before the launch of the service is unique to Germany,” Google spokeswoman Lena Wagner said Tuesday, according to the AP.