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Google’s Korean Offices Raided Over Android Antitrust Concerns

Google’s Korean offices were raided early Tuesday by authorities, a source confirmed to AllThingsD.

While Google did not comment directly on the raid, the company did note it is cooperating with the Korean Fair Trade Commission in regard to concerns about Android.

“We will work with the KFTC to address any questions they may have about our business,” Google said. “Android is an open platform, and carrier and OEM partners are free to decide which applications and services to include on their Android phones. We do not require carriers or manufacturers to include Google Search or Google applications on Android-powered devices.”

It’s not the first time that Google’s Korean offices have had a visit from the authorities this year. South Korean police raided the offices back in May in conjunction with an inquiry into the company’s collection of location-based data.

Google also faces concerns here at home over Android, with the Federal Trade Commission also looking into issues of its own.

Tuesday’s raid was reported earlier by CNET and Reuters.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik