FBI Geek Squad paid for searching computers and report illegal material ‘




The FBI would since 2007 members of the Geek Squad, have paid a computer repair service electronics chain Best Buy, to serve as informants. The repairers by digging introduced computers around looking for example child pornography.

FBIThe statement comes from the defense lawyer for the American Mark Rettenmaier, writes The OC Weekly. From documents would prove that the employees Geek Quad got paid $ 500 for each tip that brought the service on the trail of a criminal. Rettenmaier gave his computer for repair off at the Geek Squad, which it searched without a legal basis on illegal content. The staff saw an image of a naked underage girl in space of the hard disk as trash was highlighted. The FBI was notified and conducted two searches on the PC without a court order and arranged under false pretenses command for a third search.

However, a gain conviction against Rettenmaier proved difficult. Not only the FBI has to answer concerning the possible illegal way has collected the evidence, but it is not fixed in the eyes of the American judiciary which Rettenmaier was actually guilty of possession of child pornography. Because the image as trash was marked and had to be repaired with special tools, one can not be sure that the owner of the PC knows the presence of the image, and is also responsible for.

Best Buy denies in response that the only contact authorities if discovered in the normal course of Computer Repair illegal material and that it has no rules regarding financial compensation for the tips. If the claims of the lawyer Rettenmaier beating, that’s according to the electronics chain a case of ‘poor individual sound judgment. ” The court has pronounced no verdict in the case.


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