Opinion from a Libertarian ViewPoint

Best Buy’s Geek Squad Techs Search Customer Computers For The FBI, Reports Claim

Posted by M. C. on March 8, 2018

Judge Cormac Carney said an FBI agent made “false and misleading statements” to obtain a search warrant for the doctor’s house.

My goodness, really? Old news but worth repeating as it will likely quickly disappear again down the memory hole.

The FIB’s tentacles are long. It’s integrity is non-existent.

Best Buy cannot be trusted. Independent, non-scum computer repair businesses are abundant.

Digital rights non-profit Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit last year after it was discovered that the FBI allegedly paid Geek Squad employees to go through their client’s computers while they’re being repaired.

One such search led to felony child porn charges against Dr. Mark Rettenmaier after a technician reportedly went through the??oncologist’s deleted files and called the FBI in 2011. In 2017, a judge ruled that the images found in Dr.??Rettenmaier’s computer could not be considered child porn and the invasive search was illegal. All charges were dropped and the case was dismissed after??Judge Cormac Carney said an FBI agent made “false and misleading statements” to obtain a search warrant for the doctor’s house…

Other court records uncovered in the FOIA search found that Geek Squad techs were paid between $500 and $1,000 to actively search a client’s computer. Like the ruling in Dr.??Rettenmaier’s case, the reports have raised concerns that the FBI is using Geek Squad to bypass the Fourth Amendment which prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures.

A Best Buy spokesperson denied the claims in 2017. Jeff Shelman said their techs don’t do “anything other than what is necessary to solve the customer’s problem,” according to The Washington Post. The spokesperson added that if illegal material is found during those repairs, Geek Squad is obligated to contact law enforcement.

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