South Korea Latest to Look into Location Data Collection

Lora Bentley
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Top 10 Privacy Issues for 2011

Social media and location-based technologies top the list of concerns.

For the second time in a year, police raided Google's offices in Seoul, South Korea. In August 2010, they wanted more information about the user data Google's Street View cars had inadvertently collected in the country. This time, officials are looking into whether Google's AdMob collected user location data without consent. According to Reuters, Google has confirmed the investigation and pledged to cooperate with authorities.


The investigation is the latest in what is becoming a series of probes into the collection of user location data. Apple and Google are also facing inquiries in the European Union and in the U.S. Though the collection of such data aids in the provision of location-based services for mobile device users, it could run afoul of users' privacy rights if it is collected without their permission, Kim Kwang-jo, a computer science professor at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, told Reuters.


A new U.S. Senate privacy panel led by Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) is slated to hear testimony on location data collection practices May 10.

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