❝ Geek Squad employees have been working as FBI informants for more than a decade, newly released documents show, revealing a much closer relationship between the two organizations than formerly reported…
The Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a Freedom of Information Act request for the documents last year and released them on Tuesday. The Bureau refused to confirm or deny if it has similar relationships with other electronics repair companies.
❝ The documents indicate Geek Squad technicians only flagged federal agents when they found child pornography on a client’s computer, so it’s hard to be too upset. Nevertheless, it raises concerning questions about potential violations of the Fourth Amendment’s protection against unreasonable searches and seizures.
The article goes on to offer instances where the information turned over wasn’t obtained legally – and, please, don’t waste my time saying actions like this are limited to potential lawbreaking.
First, it is the purview of the courts to decide if that potential for crime is present and justification.
Second, I have personal experience with the FBI and jolly little elves in local government, universities and my friendly neighborhood phone company colluding with the FBI totally absent from legal permissions and court supervision – snooping on thousands of people in just a single metropolitan area. They all lost our suit and picked up the tab for corrupt and unconstitutional practices – eventually leading to internal reforms which may or may not be sticking. There were several thousands of victims and over a thousand of us who stayed with the case to the successful end.