Search giant Google’s Seoul office was raided by the Korean Fair Trade Commission on Tuesday. Apparently, the raid was a part of the ongoing investigation against the company’s alleged involvement in some sort of unfair trade in the country’s mobile search engine market.
It all started when two South Korea based Internet portal operators Daum Communications Corp. and NHN Corp. dragged the search giant into the court earlier in the year - April, to be more specific. According to the lawsuit filed by the complainants, Google was intentionally restricting their access to smartphones with the company’s Android OS platform.
Apparently, both the complainants appealed to the Korean Fair Trade Commission to dig into their objections, which, in short deals with Google allegedly blocking local media service providers as well as Android smartphone manufacturers from launching handsets with pre-loaded search portals from other companies.
"It does not allow fair competition among search engines if Android-based smartphone users come across Google Search whenever they touch the search engine icon, whether they want it or not," a spokesman for NHN said, The Wall Street journal reports.
Meanwhile, a Google spokesperson responded to the allegations by stating: "We will work with the KFTC to address any questions they may have about our business".