South Korea May Charge Google Over Street View

South Korean police officials have announced that Google broke the law by collected data from unsecured wireless networks in the country and have forwarded the case to prosecutors.

The search giant has been accused of collecting private information such as e-mails and user passwords when taking photos for its Street View service.

The company has been besieged by criminal investigations and lawsuits ever since it disclosed in May that it had accidentally collected huge amounts of data from unsecured wireless connections around the world.

Google's Steet View allows its Earth and Maps users to get a 'street level' view of any city or town where the service is available.

The company has continually insisted that the data collection was an accident.

A Google spokesperson said in a statement: “While we have repeatedly acknowledged that the collection of payload data was a mistake, we are disappointed with this announcement as we believe Google Inc. and its employee did nothing illegal in Korea.”