Best Buy Co Inc’s (NYSE: BBY ) It has been reported that the FBI has using Geek Squad to spy on the devices of its customers and you could have been one of them.
As if you needed more reasons to stay away from Geek Squad, it now has been revealed that the FBI paid employees from the Geek Squad to unknowingly spy on your personal information and devices for illegal activity.
The EFF believes that using repair technicians to unveil evidence of criminal behavior may be in violation of people’s constitutional rights.
“We have a moral and, in more than 20 states, a legal obligation to report these findings to law enforcement,” Best Buy said in a statement. “We share this policy with our customers in writing before we begin any repair. Read more here
The EFF found that the bureau’s relationship with Geek Squad workers has existed for at least a decade as an FBI memo from 2008 describes a meeting between the Best Buy workers and the FBI’s “Cyber Working Group” at Best Buy’s Kentucky repair facility.
This isn’t a relationship that just started and customers should be very concerned about taking their computers to Best Buy for fear of any breach of personal privacy.
There “This is not something that just happened, It was known throughout the chain of command within the FBI of the Louisville office,” Clay said, “That implies, to me, this was more than an occasional happenstance, this was something that was ongoing and there was a pattern involved.” Via whas11.com
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— EFF (@EFF) March 11, 2018
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