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TechDirt: FBI Using Some GeekSquad Employees to Spy for Them?
Well this is certainly worrisome and most would probably consider this unethical and perhaps illegal? TechDirt, (great resource by the way, see previous post) is reporting that court documents seem to indicate that the FBI is skirting around the law, (not using warrants) by paying Best Buy Geek Squad techs to spy for them. Surely this is done with Best Buy's knowledge and approval? Read the entire story
From the wonderful conference 'IdeaCity' comes this presentation from Dr Shaf Keshavjee and the great work he and his team perform at Toronto General Hospital. The world's first successful lung transplant was done here in the early 80s. Enjoy.
A Best Buy Geek Squad Volkswagen New Beetle. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I had previously covered this here in a post earlier this past January. Now the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has announced that they are suing the FBI for the list of informants they used at Geek Squad.
The EFF also posted to their members blog the reasons why they wish to uncover these informants.
The reasoning from EFF's post:
"Sending your computer to Best Buy for repairs shouldn’t require you to surrender your Fourth Amendment rights. But that’s apparently what’s been happening when customers send their computers to a Geek Squad repair facility in Kentucky.
We think the FBI’s use of Best Buy Geek Squad employees to search people’s computers without a warrant threatens to circumvent people’s constitutional rights. That’s why we filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit today against the FBI seeking records about the extent to which it directs and trains Best Buy employees to conduct warr…