Sunday March 12, 2017

How the FBI Used Geek Squad to Increase Secret Public Surveillance

While federal prosecutors and FBI officials continue to deny it, unsealed records show that there is a cozy relationship between the bureau and electronics retail chain. Apparently, the feds loved Geek Squad so much that they trained their technicians, who were regularly asked to search computers for felonious content even if repairs were not data-related. One claim is that Best Buy workers were even interested in writing a program to assist the FBIآ—wait, why work at Geek Squad when you are smart enough to do something like that?

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آ…evidence demonstrates company employees routinely snooped for the agency, contemplated "writing a software program" specifically to aid the FBI in rifling through its customers' computers without probable cause for any crime that had been committed, and were "under the direction and control of the FBI."Multiple agency memoranda underscore the coziness with Best Buy, including one that stated, "The Louisville Division has maintained [a] close liaison with the Greek Squad management in an effort to glean case initiations and to support the division's Computer Intrusion and Cyber Crime programs."