Saturday, June 03, 2017

"Hey, WE did not illegally search their computer(we just paid someone else

to do it for us)!"
EFF, a San Francisco-based nonprofit privacy group, sued the Justice Department after the government refused a request for documents about how the FBI recruits, trains and pays Best Buy workers to find illegal child pornography on customer computers sent to Best Buy for repairs.

“The public has a right to know how the FBI uses computer repair technicians to carry out searches the agents themselves cannot do without a warrant,” EFF senior counsel David Sobel said in a statement. “People authorize Best Buy employees to fix their computers, not conduct unconstitutional searches on the FBI’s behalf.”
The company says "We had no idea".  Maybe.  Entirely possible the EffingBI went to individuals and said "We'll pay you, and you can find bad guys for us!"  Maybe a little "Or we'll dig into your life a little" added in.

Why yes, I am cynical nowadays.

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