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S Korea Cops Raid Google Office

Google employee Arthur Poirier, on a camera-equiped tricycle, records images for Google's Street View Maps in Paris, Friday, Aug. 7, 2009. The U.S. company has hired two young cyclists to ride through gardens, historical sites and other pedestrian-only areas on the three-wheeler to take thousands of digital photos. (AP Photos/Jacques Brinon)
AP Photos/Jacques Brinon
South Korean police investigators raided Google's Seoul offices on Tuesday on suspicion the Internet search company was illegally gathering personal information for its street mapping service.

Police official Ahn Chang-soo said a cyber crime unit is investigating Google Korea for possibly violating South Korean communications and privacy laws with Street View, a map service that includes photographs of streets taken by Google cameras.

Ahn said police confiscated computers and hard drives for analysis and that company officials will soon be summoned.

The service has been controversial in Germany and other countries because of concerns the filming invades personal privacy.