Monday January 09, 2017

Best Buy Geeksquad Informants for FBI?

This article over at TechDirt brings up a lot of interesting questions. It talks about Best Buy Geeksquad employees being paid informants.

According to court records, Geek Squad technician John "Trey" Westphal, an FBI informant, reported he accidentally located on Rettenmaier's computer an image of "a fully nude, white prepubescent female on her hands and knees on a bed, with a brown choker-type collar around her neck." Westphal notified his boss, Justin Meade, also an FBI informant, who alerted colleague Randall Ratliff, another FBI informant at Best Buy, as well as the FBI. Claiming the image met the definition of child pornography and was tied to a series of illicit pictures known as the "Jenny" shots, agent Tracey Riley seized the hard drive.

Are these guys actually "informants" or just doing what they are required to by law when coming across kiddy pr0n on a customer's system while it is in for repairs. The article goes into a lot of depth and seemingly brings up a lot of other questions about the subject.

I know we have more than few Geeksquad employees that read our forums, so please let us know your thoughts on this and what the procedure is.

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