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There is a poll at the story link asking "Despite what they found, did Best Buy overstep privacy boundaries?" that actually has more yes votes ugh.
1 posted on 01/17/2008 6:03:55 PM PST by Teflonic
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If in the process of recovering your data they stumbled onto your financial records and gave them a nice long glance would you not be angry at their perusement of your data?


2 posted on 01/17/2008 6:08:30 PM PST by TheZMan (Vote Conservative in '08. Vote for Fred Thompson.)
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Think of it this way. If the janitor wasn’t into child porn, the “Geek Squad” people would still have been rummaging through his personal files. Are you okay with that?


3 posted on 01/17/2008 6:08:33 PM PST by bshomoic
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Good for the Geeks!


4 posted on 01/17/2008 6:08:37 PM PST by SouthTexas
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The guy is an idiot. Private searches are not unconstiutional. Best Buy is not an agency of the government.


5 posted on 01/17/2008 6:08:59 PM PST by tdewey10 (Can we please take out iran's nuclear capability before they start using it?)
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Good on ‘em!!
If this a**hole wanted his privacy he could have protected it by not sticking his sick perversion into a public marketplace for which he chose to pay.
I hope this Mother****er ends up in chemical castration.


6 posted on 01/17/2008 6:11:37 PM PST by acapesket (never had a vote count in all my years here)
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...warrantless searches by non-law-enforcement personnel is disturbing on an ethical level and we're pretty sure unconstitutional.

This is scary. Doesn't this guy know that the constitution only protects people from the government? The constitution has no effect on the geek squad or any other private entity. They provided probable cause for the government to obtain a warrant, the same as if you had overheard others planning a crime and turned them in.

8 posted on 01/17/2008 6:12:20 PM PST by Wingy
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I’m glad the Geek Squad did the right thing and turn this idiot over to the police.


10 posted on 01/17/2008 6:12:29 PM PST by Traveler59 (Truth is a journey, not a destination.)
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Anyone who takes a computer to Best Buy with a full hard drive deserves to have their head examined.

One should expect that eveything in your hard drive is open to being looked at and copied.


11 posted on 01/17/2008 6:13:15 PM PST by txzman (Jer 23:29)
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Not a good idea to give your hard drive to anyone unless you are willing for them to see everything on it.


12 posted on 01/17/2008 6:13:18 PM PST by Hattie
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These creepy scumbags always try to situate themselves in amongst children. They never seem content just to look at pictures, which is disgusting enough. He was no doubt up to no good and with equally little doubt was actually targeting children for hands-on molestation. Bravo for the Geek Squad! They almost surely saved one or more kids from being molested by this perverted pig.

14 posted on 01/17/2008 6:17:07 PM PST by LibWhacker (Democrats are phony Americans)
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Years ago when I worked in a photo lab in lauderdale if we came across perverted stuff we ran it by the man.....probly the same thing......I guess in the small print some where you are giving consent when you hand the film/hard drive over.


19 posted on 01/17/2008 6:21:19 PM PST by CGASMIA68
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Another pedophile bites the dust.

Good work Geeks!


23 posted on 01/17/2008 6:23:17 PM PST by eleni121 (+ En Touto Nika! By this sign conquer! + Constantine the Great)
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ping


27 posted on 01/17/2008 6:25:06 PM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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My feeling is that the computer wouldn’t boot up, so the Best Buy people needed to restore the operating system. It’s kind of telling that these people looked over his files while restoring his operating system. Many people have tax returns and other personal financial data on their computers. In general, if anyone wants to get his computer fixed (at Best Buy or anywhere elese) without having his data stolen and risking identity theft, it’s best to look over the service person’s shoulders while he’s doing his thing. Be very suspicious if he whips out a USB drive and starts copying your files to it.


28 posted on 01/17/2008 6:26:17 PM PST by Zhang Fei
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That may tell you more about the respondents than they wish. I wonder how many of them have something on their harddrive that they don’t want anyone to see.

If you don’t want someone to find it, don’t leave a trail, paper or otherwise.


30 posted on 01/17/2008 6:26:51 PM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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If I invite you into my private sanctuary do I have “right” of privacy?


32 posted on 01/17/2008 6:28:48 PM PST by woofie
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Not a fan of Best Buy or the Geek Squad but I don’t see a problem. The information wasn’t accessed illegally. He handed it to them knowing full well what was on it. It doesn’t seem any different than someone who drops off film to be processed. If this kind of thing is found calling the cops is a given.


34 posted on 01/17/2008 6:32:20 PM PST by Sue Perkick (And I hope that what I’ve done here today doesn’t force you to have a negative opinion of me….)
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So they think this behavior is unconstitutional huh? Uhm, last I checked the constitution related to the activity of the govenment, not a corporation. I’m glad they snooped and found the sicko.


35 posted on 01/17/2008 6:33:56 PM PST by ItisaReligionofPeace
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Whether or not the data is illegal and leads to arrest, warrantless searches by non-law-enforcement personnel is disturbing on an ethical level and we're pretty sure unconstitutional.

Hardly.

The idiot asked Best Buy to recover data lost during a hard drive crash. The fact of the matter is that if Best Buy did not turn that hard drive over to the police, then the geek and the company could have been prosecuted for possession of child pornography.

The hard disk was in the possession and under the control of Best Buy when the images were discovered. The only way to absolve themselves of criminal liability was to IMMEDIATELY turn it over to the police. If they had returned the hard drive to the owner, knowing that it contained child pornography, they could have been prosecuted for disseminating child pornography.

Three cheers for the Geek Squad. But somehow I doubt this guy is going to pay the bill for recovering all his precious "data".

36 posted on 01/17/2008 6:36:11 PM PST by P-Marlowe (LPFOKETT GAHCOEEP-w/o*)
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Meanwhile Granny is getting robbed two blocks over while the cops “investigate” what this guy has on his computer.

Police are as worthless as any other government agency that exists.

John


37 posted on 01/17/2008 6:36:16 PM PST by Diggity
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