The Korean Fair Trade Commission, that country's antitrust agency, raided Google's offices in Seoul today, CNET has learned.
Regulators are apparently interested in information about Google allegedly limiting access to rival search engines on its Android mobile operating system. In April, two Korean Internet companies--NHN, which operates the popular Naver search engine there, and Daum Comminications--asked the country's Fair Trade Commission to investigate Google's business practices regarding mobile search.
It's also possible that mobile-device makers, some of which are based in South Korea, may have raised concerns related to restrictions Google places on use of its Android mobile OS.
In a statement, Google defended its Android strategy and said that it intends to comply with Korean regulators.
Google’s dominance of the search business has come under scrutiny over the past year, with investigations launched in both Brussels and Washington, although those inquiries are thought to be far wider than the Korean review.