Best Buy 'Geek Squad' worker helped FBI conduct warrantless searches

Discussion in 'privacy general' started by driekus, May 23, 2016.

  1. caspian

    caspian Registered Member

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    Thanks for your input. I think I will use multiple sources too. I definitely don't want to lost 2T again. But actually, I did have some of it backed up so all was not lost.
     
  2. hawki

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    "FBI Used Best Buy's Geek Squad To Increase Secret Public Surveillance

    Recently unsealed records reveal a much more extensive secret relationship than previously known between the FBI and Best Buy's Geek Squad, including evidence the agency trained company technicians on law-enforcement operational tactics, shared lists of targeted citizens and, to covertly increase surveillance of the public, encouraged searches of computers even when unrelated to a customer's request for repairs..."

    http://www.ocweekly.com/news/fbi-us...o-increase-secret-public-surveillance-7950030
     
  3. boredog

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    Good thing none of us here need to use Geek Squad:gack:
     
  4. Palancar

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    Many of us were fearful of this exposure during repairs. This went even further than our fears though! As a privacy hobbyist I decided long ago that it would be necessary to learn repairs, recovery, etc.... in order to have any semblance of keeping my activities private.
     
  5. hawki

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    It's funny how the FBI didn't think through the legal implications of effectively deputizing Geek Squad employees. But of course, this is about child porn, and who would ever defend such scum? But of course, there's the camel's nose and tent thing :(
     
  7. DesuMaiden

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    Best figure out how to repair a computer yourself rather than letting relatively untrustworthy third-parties (like the Geek Squad) do it for you.
     
  8. Minimalist

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    https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/05/18/geek_squad_computer_searches/
     
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