Geek Squad's Relationship with FBI Is Cozier Than We Thought

        After the prosecution of a California doctor revealed the
        FBI's ties to a Best Buy Geek Squad computer repair facility
        in Kentucky, new documents released to EFF show that the
        relationship goes back years.  The records also confirm that
        the FBI has paid Geek Squad employees as informants.  EFF
        filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit last year to
        learn more about how the FBI uses Geek Squad employees to flag
        illegal material when people pay Best Buy to repair their
        computers. The relationship potentially circumvents computer
        owners' Fourth Amendment rights.  The documents released to
        EFF show that Best Buy officials have enjoyed a particularly
        close relationship with the agency for at least 10 years. For
        example, an FBI memo from September 2008 details how Best Buy
        hosted a meeting of the agency's "Cyber Working Group" at the
        company's Kentucky repair facility.

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