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Google collected illegal data
Category : General 07 Jan 2011 01:24 AM | Industry News
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.
Around 10 Google employees in South Korea and the United States said during the South Korean probe that they had no knowledge of what had been collected, the report said.
A police agency spokesman confirmed the report but refused to give details.
Google said Thursday it was "profoundly sorry for having mistakenly collected" personal data, saying it was cooperating with Seoul's telecommunication authorities and the police.
"Our ultimate objective remains to delete the data consistent with our legal obligations and in consultation with the appropriate authorities," the company said in a statement.
Police investigations have also taken place in the United States, Germany and Italy.
Google has admitted its Street View cars, which have been cruising and taking photographs of cities in over 30 countries, inadvertently gathered fragments of personal data sent over unsecured Wi-Fi systems.