Beware : Google illegally collected private info !
Jan 07, 2011
Police confirmed Thursday that Google, the world's largest online search engine operator, illegally collected and stored personal data sent over unsecured Wi-Fi wireless networks here while creating the localized version of its online mapping service. Korea and 15 other countries, including the U.S., Canada, Germany, France, Britain, and Australia, have been investigating whether Google broke their privacy laws in the process of making its "Street View" service. Korea has become the first to announce publicly that the California-based company gathered communication records, such as e-mail and instant messages, passwords and search histories. The Cyber Terror Response Center, affiliated with the National Police Agency, said it broke codes of computer hard drives confiscated from Google's Seoul office last August and found hundreds of thousands of e-mails, instant messages and other personal data. "We unlocked 79 computer hard disks seized from Google Korea last summer and