South Korean police raided Google’s Seoul office on August 2 on suspicion that Google’s Seoul office has illegally gathered personal information for its street mapping service. The Korean police is investigating whether Google has violated “Protection of Communications Secrets Act”(PCSA) or “Act on Promotion of Information and Communications Network Utilization and Information Protection”.
For example, according to the PCSA, no person shall censor any mail, wiretap any telecommunications, provide the communication confirmation data, record or listen to conversations between others that are not made public. It is reported that the police is focusing on investigating whether Google has gathered the communication confirmation data, such as data on tracing the location of internet user, without user’s consent. Any person in violation of this shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than 10 years or by suspension of qualification for not more than 5 years.
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