Yet Another Good Reason To Avoid Best Buy

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  1. RootBeerMan macrumors 6502

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    They've been getting payoffs from the FBI for searching peoples hard drives to find potential criminal content. I have no doubt they make it a routine to search through everyone's hard drive looking for potentially incriminating pictures, movies and files. No warrants needed.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/loca...6028b4-d442-11e6-9cb0-54ab630851e8_story.html

     
  2. Huntn macrumors G5

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    Privacy, who needs privacy?* I avoid BB mostly these days because their prices are bloated especially for accessories as compared to online sources.

    *Note: not an endorsement of child pornography.
     
  3. aaronvan Suspended

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    I have a hard time believing the Best Buy pays for thousands of man-hours to search HD on behalf of the FBI.
     
  4. chown33 macrumors 604

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    You'd be making a grave mistake if you did believe that.

    From the quoted section of the OP:
    The doctor’s lawyers found that the FBI had cultivated eight “confidential human sources” in the Geek Squad over a four-year period, according to a judge’s order in the case, with all of them receiving some payment
    The teal deer says: The FBI was paying them.
     
  5. aaronvan Suspended

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    I can see an employee notifying LE if they found child porn on a HD--like a one-hour photo shop would do back in the day--and perhaps getting a reward. However, as official Best Buy policy I don't believe it. I also don't believe employees are independently spending hours scrubbing customer HD without management questioning them. And I certainly don't believe anything from a lawyer defending a child pornographer. Nor do I care, really. I've been in a BB once and didn't purchase anything and got really annoyed with some idiot kid wearing a weird backpack telling why I should buy these super-expensive HDMI cables.
     
  6. chown33, Jan 15, 2017
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    chown33 macrumors 604

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    Nothing was said about that specific situation in the OP.

    Given what was posted, you shouldn't believe it. That would be a hasty and unsupported conclusion. The original post didn't mention an official BB policy, it only mentioned "a small cadre" of techs, numbering at least 8.

    Again, you shouldn't believe it, given the limited scope of what was posted.

    Perhaps a more careful reading of the original post would have removed any need to reply at all.
     
  7. Huntn macrumors G5

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    I don't think that was the accusation. If a tech is rooting around in someone's computer and stumble across something. However if the FBI was acting on this info, you'd think at some point the source would have to be revealed, which *if true* would hurt BB's reputation.
     
  8. MadeTheSwitch macrumors 6502a

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    I would hope that child porn is reported. Other things no.
     
  9. daflake macrumors 6502a

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    Never did it on behalf of the FBI, but back in the 90's we caught a child pron dude who brought his box in for repair. The HD was failing and we were trying to salvage his data when we saw some of his pics. We called the police and they had an office waiting for him when he came to pick up his computer.

    Our forms stated that your data might be seen by our techs but that didn't stop this idiot.
     
  10. Apple 26.2 Contributor

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    Which is precisely why I don't believe Best Buy endorses this behavior - the corporate risk involved is much too high. If it's some tech going rogue, that's an entirely different conversation.
     
  11. lostngone macrumors demi-god

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    Never had the issue of dealing with clild porn but at our office someone shipped a computer back to HQ for repair and it had an app installed on it called "Porncleaner". It did the job, we didn't find any porn. :)
     

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