On January 6, 2011, South Korea National Police Agency announced that it found evidence that tech conglomerate Google illegally collected data from unencrypted networks. The illegally captured data included hundreds of thousands of emails, instant messages, passwords and search histories that was gathered during Google's production of its Street View mapping service. Google announced that it had inadvertently collected similar user information in over 30 other countries between October 2009 and May 2010. Following the announcement, South Korean police raided Google's Seoul offices where they discovered the stolen information stored on hard disks.
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