The FBI paid Geek Squad employees as informants
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The FBI has been in cahoots with Best Buy’s Geek Squad for at least the past decade, new documents obtained by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit reveal.
An FBI memo obtained by the nonprofit digital rights group reveals that Best Buy in September 2008 hosted a meeting of the law enforcement agency’s Cyber Working Group at a Geek Squad repair facility in Kentucky. The memo indicates that the local FBI division “has maintained close liaison with the Geek Squad’s management in an effort to glean case initiations and to support the division’s Computer Intrusion and Cyber Crime programs.”
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While I have no love for child porn, its producers, to its consumers, I am concerned about the Fourth Amendment. It would seem that the Geek Squad has become agents of the police and subject to the usual requirements of warrants.
It sets up a very suspect set of circumstances.
How does one ensure that the evidence was planted?
Does Best Buy have a secure image taken before the staff works on it? Are patrons advised to take an image before submitting a computer for service?
Makes one think doesn’t it?
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