Comey FBI paid Geek Squad 'informants' to search computers for child porn, says court filing

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Multiple technicians with Best Buy’s Geek Squad repair service
received hundreds of dollars from the FBI in exchange for
seeking child pornography on customers’ computers, according to
court documents reviewed by The Washington Post. These filings
raise questions about how close a relationship the agency has
with Geek Squad members, and whether these relationships could
make some of the technicians’ searches unconstitutional.

Geek Squad employees will notify law enforcement if they find
child pornography while fixing customers’ computers, and in many
states, they’re legally required to do so. The question is
whether technicians are specifically acting as FBI informants to
find material that the agency would otherwise need a warrant to
look for. Such a system would let law enforcement get around
Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches.
Lawyers for Mark Rettenmaier, a California doctor charged with
possessing child pornography, are asking to have FBI evidence
thrown out on exactly these grounds.

Documents unsealed by the FBI say that between 2007 and 2012,
the agency cultivated eight “informants” at the Geek Squad City
computer repair site in Kentucky. Several employees received
$500 or $1,000 payments from the FBI, and in one case, an
employee claimed to be writing a software program that would
automatically identify images of child porn. A hearing in
January revealed some of this information, but these new
documents offer more specific details, including ones about how
much informants were paid.

Prosecutors say this software was meant to search employee work
computers, not machines that customers sent in. And at least one
employee said he was “extremely reluctant and irritated that the
FBI gave me money, and tried to give it back,” to no avail.

Still, a Best Buy spokesperson expressed regret that employees
had taken money. “We have learned that four employees may have
received payment after turning over alleged child pornography to
the FBI,” the company told the Post. “Any decision to accept
payment was in very poor judgment and inconsistent with our
training and policies. Three of these employees are no longer
with the company, and the fourth has been reprimanded and
reassigned.” A judge will rule on the legality of their actions
by June, when Rettenmaier’s trial is set to begin.

https://www.theverge.com/2017/4/3/15163750/fbi-best-buy-geek-
squad-informant-child-porn-case
 

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