Korea’s media regulator to investigate Google for secretly collecting Android users’ location data.
Reports say Google can even track your location when you’ve disabled location services and removed the SIM card.
The tech giant insists it neither stored nor used the info,… but has agreed to stop doing it.
Park Se-young has more.
The Korea Communications Commission has opened an investigation into Google’s user data management practices, …following reports the tech giant has been secretly collecting users’ location data through phones running on the Android operating system.
Android devices make up around 80 percent of Korea’s smartphone market.
U.S. online media outlet Quartz found that Google has been collecting location information from Android users since the beginning of the year, …even when their GPS settings were disabled.
Location data were also sent from devices reset to factory default settings and even phones with no SIM card.
Cell ID codes, which are data exchanged between a smartphone and a cell tower, can be used to determine roughly where a mobile device is located.
Such information is used by the police to locate people in rescue and emergency operations.
The media regulator said it will examine whether Google collected and used the location information of Android users in Korea without consent, …and whether it violated the nation’s privacy regulations.
It will also cooperate with the U.S., the European Union and Japan …if an international investigation is necessary.
Google Korea has admitted to collecting the data, and said it will update the program to prohibit such collection of data.
Park Se-young, Arirang News.
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