Best Buy computer repair, workers have been helping the FBI for at least 10 years, new documents suggest.
They indicate that several of the american society of the Geek Squad staff have been paid for the reporting of child sexual abuse images.
The rights group Electronic Frontier Foundation said that the relationship “bypasses the computer’s owner “Fourth Amendment” rights to privacy.
The FBI has not responded to questions about its relationship with other repair companies, according to the VET.
The EFF has started a Freedom of Information Act legal action to obtain documents from the last year, after a doctor has been sued for child sexual abuse images when the Geek Squad technician posted a picture of a child naked on his computer to FBI agents.
It has been previously reported that the technician had been paid $500 (Â£360) by the FBI.
The charges were dropped in November 2017 when a federal judge ruled that the image marked by the Geek Squad technician was not enough evidence for the FBI to obtain a search warrant. The judge also ruled that the photo is not eligible as child sexual abuse images.
The new documents indicate that the US consumer electronics giant hosted a meeting of the FBI’s cyber security Working Group in a workshop of repair of the computer installation as of 2008.
During the visit, the agents were also given a tour of the building.
The documents also suggest that the Geek Squad technicians report only the hardware they may be able to find during the repair, rather than to actively seek out illegal content on their devices.
Best Buy said in a statement that it is prohibited to employees, “to do something other than what is necessary to resolve the customer’s problem”.
“In the wake of these allegations, we have stepped up our efforts to train employees on what to do and not to do – in these circumstances.”
“Our employees are not looking for this material; they inadvertently discover in an attempt to confirm that we have recovered lost data by the client.”