We all knew that Google was creepin’, but no one seemed to be able to get enough proof to pin down the tech-giant that is Google – until now.
According to the Korea Times, South Korean officials seized hard drives from Google’s Seoul office last August, and announced on Thursday that the drives held “e-mails, instant messages and other private data sent over Wi-Fi networks.”
South Korea is the first country to announced publicly that it has proof that Google had illegally collected and stored data while making its “Street View” service, but Google has admitted that it had “accidentally” picked up information through its “Street View” cars before.
Although the information found on Google’s drives is a direct violation of the nation’s privacy protection laws, it is unclear whether Korean Police Agency will be able to prosecute the suspects, since it is likely they will be U.S. citizens.
“We have not seen the report, but as we have said before, we are profoundly sorry for having mistakenly collected payload data from unencrypted networks. As soon as we realized what had happened, we stopped collecting all Wi-Fi data from our Street View cars and immediately informed the authorities,” said a Google Korea spokeswoman.