Google Wi-Fi 'Snooping' Prompts South Korean Police Raid

Lora Bentley
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If you thought the Google Street View wi-fi snooping debacle was over, think again. Thirty-three different countries and Hong Kong were involved, after all.


Though regulators in several affected countries asked that Google either destroy or hand over to authorities the data it "inadvertently" collected from unsecured wi-fi networks, countries have launched their own investigations.


Recently, authorities in the UK determined that the information collected was not significant. The Information Commissioner's Office said, in part: "There is also no evidence -- as yet -- that the data captured by Google has caused or could cause any individual detriment." As a result, Street View cameras are operating again in the UK.


And just Tuesday, police raided Google's offices in South Korea. According to The Huffington Post, they confiscated computers and hard drives and plan to question company leaders soon. At issue is whether Google's Street View "snooping" violated any South Korean laws; points out that Germany's investigation into the matter is also ongoing.

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