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Would you take your computer in for repair if you knew the technicians would be scanning your hard drive looking for anything suspicious while they had the hood up? It’s something that apparently we all need to be considering now. A recent lawsuit against a California doctor has revealed that the FBI has been paying Best Buy Geek Squad technicians to search for illegal content on the computers that were sent in for repairs. The relationship appears to go back at least 10 years.
Today I speak with Aaron Mackey, a staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation – the organization who discovered this connection through the use of Freedom of Information Act queries. I’ll also briefly update on the latest Facebook scandals and their attempts to address the massive privacy issues.
Aaron Mackey joined EFF in 2015 after moving from Washington, D.C. where he worked on speech, privacy, and freedom of information issues at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and the Institute for Public Representation at Georgetown Law. Aaron graduated from Berkeley Law in 2012, where he worked for EFF while a student in the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic. Prior to law school, Aaron was a journalist at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson, Arizona. He received his undergraduate degree in journalism and English from the University of Arizona in 2006, where he met his amazing wife, Ashley. They have two young children.
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