FBI Used Best Buy Geek Squad as Informants for Years, Documents Show

(From UPI)

The FBI used employees of Best Buy’s Geek Squad repair service as paid informants for several years, according to records obtained by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital privacy rights organization.

The documents, obtained by EFF through the Freedom of Information Act, shows the relationship between the FBI and Best Buy going back to at least 2008, when FBI agents in Louisville, Ky., met with Geek Squad employees at a Best Buy facility there.

According to the documents, the agency’s Louisville Division “has maintained close liaison with the Geek Squad’s management in an effort to glean case initiations and to support the division’s Computer Intrusion and Cyber Crime programs.”

When people sent their computers into Best Buy to be fixed, Geek Squad employees would alert the FBI’s Louisville field office when they believed they found child pornography.

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