Google faces another privacy probe
South Korean cops raid offices looking for mobile advertising wrongness
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."
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. ®
How much do you pay on contract as you drag your arse about the place in the employ of Google in order to snout my Wi-Fi and stuff?
Next time you want to do it ask my permission first.
If you are unable to do so just switch your phone off.
technology and responsibility
Manufacturers control over a device has to be regulated, what if you could pay to find out where somoneone was at the moment (much like you can pay to access someones birth records or a buildings listed occupants via the electoral role).
I'm guessing you wouldn't be happy with that, and if it's not okay for a stranger to do it, why is it ok for an advertising agency to do it.
Opting out isn't an option. What if all car manufactuers decided to offer a new ad service where the car would automatically drive you to the nearest starbucks once a month, would you give up driving.
The end of privacy?
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