Many years ago, we published an article based on information from Geek Squad workers where they explained to us exactly how they found and swiped customers’ porn from their computers. That kind of thing never happens anymore, right? According to another lawsuit filed recently in Alabama, nope: two years ago, they were still at it.
You’d think that the Geek Squad would have learned their lesson by now. Best Buy paid an undisclosed amount to settle a civil lawsuit after a Michigan nerd herd stole and shared a customer’s nude photos of herself. Having unfettered access to strangers’ computers is just too tempting, though. Especially when those strangers are nubile female art students who keep nude photos of themselves on their hard drives.
According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff worked at the Best Buy in question at the time. Back in 2011, she brought her computer in to the convenient Geek Squad desk to get a hard drive problem fixed. It wasn’t until two years later that a co-worker told her that pictures of her were circulating freely online, including on public BitTorrent site The Pirate Bay.
The photos were art, not selfies she snapped to send to a lover. “[S]he never posted them on any social media,” explained her attorney, claiming that his client “kept them only for reference or professional use for art.”
Protip: the best place to keep your nude photos, art or no, is in an encrypted folder, or (better yet) on another drive entirely. Which is also encrypted. Do this before your computer breaks down. If you want those pictures circulating online, that’s cool too: upload ‘em yourself in that case.