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South Korean cops raid offices looking for mobile advertising wrongness

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South Korean investigators raided Google's Seoul offices this morning as part of a probe into the search and advertising giant's privacy policies.

Police were looking for evidence of illegal data collection by AdMob – Google's mobile advertising service.

A South Korean police official told the BBC: "We suspect AdMob collected personal location information without consent or approval from the Korean Communication Commission."

Google is facing a plethora of investigations into privacy and data protection as well as wider anti-trust or monopoly probes.

It is also being sued in the US because some users of its Android mobile phones object to its location-tracking features.

If the feature is switched on, your phone will send Google MAC addresses, network strength and GPS co-ordinates for any Wi-Fi network it comes across as well as time and phone ID information. ®

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