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Imagine that your house needs to be repaired. Say the plumbing needs work. You call a professional to come over and fix the problem.
While he’s under the sink doing his job, you step out of the house for a minute. When you get back, you find the plumber digging through your desk drawers and personal files — and when you protest, he says the government paid him to search your house, without a warrant and without suspecting you of a specific crime.
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That scenario is essentially what Best Buy employees are accused of doing, only with your computer instead of your house.
A bombshell report by the Electronic Freedom Foundation claims that Geek Squad, the computer repair division of Best Buy, has been paid by the FBI to dig through customers’ computers without warrants.
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The activity is ostensibly part of a project to cut down on child pornography, but the lack of any warrants and the use of informants to violate privacy on behalf of the federal government has the watchdog group raising the alarm.
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“Records posted Tuesday by the Electronic Frontier Foundation following a freedom of information lawsuit filed last year reveal that federal agents would pay Geek Squad managers who pass on information about illegal materials on devices sent in by customers for repairs,” explained ZDNet.
“Because the FBI uses Geek Squad as informants, the EFF says that any search should be seen as a warrantless search carried out by proxy, and thus any evidence obtained as a result of the illegal searches should be thrown out of court,” continued the technology news site.
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