Revenge of the Geeks: Best Buy Alleged to Spy on Customers for FBI
Do you ever feel like someone is watching you? They might be. If you take your computer to the Geek Squad at Best Buy stores, at legal group argues that they might search your hard drive on behalf of the Feds. All without a warrant or suspicion of any crime. CBS Pittsburgh has the story of at least one customer, a California doctor, whose computer was so surveilled, resulting in child porn charges.
The criminal charges were dropped last year when a judge determined the search was illegal and that the FBI lied to the court (imagine that). Now the Electronic Frontier Foundation is suing on the basis of Unconstitutional, warrantless searches. They allege that the store techs are paid between $500 and $1,000 to act as illicit government spies and snitches. There’s a right way to fight pornography. Destroying the Fourth Amendment isn’t it.
This exact issue was covered by Perrin Lovett last March.
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