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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern Dad View Post
    There are times that non-technical people will need to take a computer to somewhere like Best Buy's Geek Squad. Usually physical issues. Failed power supply, hard drive mechanical issues, upgrades, etc.
    All still easily fixed by the user if one takes a few minutes to look on the internet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by leekohler2 View Post
    All still easily fixed by the user if one takes a few minutes to look on the internet.
    That depends upon what you define as easily fixed. My daughter just had to have her MacBook Pro screen replaced by a technician. She's not about to try and fix that herself. There are many other repairs that should be done by someone qualified. Sure, it can be done but many users don't even own screwdrivers to open the case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern Dad View Post
    That depends upon what you define as easily fixed. My daughter just had to have her MacBook Pro screen replaced by a technician. She's not about to try and fix that herself. There are many other repairs that should be done by someone qualified. Sure, it can be done but many users don't even own screwdrivers to open the case.
    Or sometimes it voids the warranty if you open it. If its under warranty, normally that's done by an authorized dealer like Geek Squad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blueneck View Post
    Interesting take.

    I guess my question would be are the "geeks" looking for criminal evidence or just required to report it if they happen upon it. Also, is the customer informed beforehand that this will happen?

    Beats me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blueneck View Post
    Interesting take.

    I guess my question would be are the "geeks" looking for criminal evidence or just required to report it if they happen upon it. Also, is the customer informed beforehand that this will happen?
    It also makes me wonder how much snooping they do to computers. We keep a lot of personal, some of it to the point of intimate, info on our computers. It really seems like a breach of ethics for a technician to poke around on a computer or smart device looking for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern Dad View Post
    Very true. If however, you hire a plumber and they happen to observe a brick of cocaine in the tank of the toilet, there would be some obligation to call the police. If the Geek Squad were to discover illegal material when say, cleaning up viruses on a hard drive, reporting it would be expected but to search for it? I think that may cross a line.
    There would?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Man View Post
    That's why I don't ever use those guts for any repairs, I just have a guy, Russian dude, he got his own computer chop shop, does whatever I need for me, for cash, nice and quick, no problem.

    Not that I have anything to hide on my devices lol But, still.
    You might without knowing it. That is the scary part.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sassy View Post
    There would?
    Yes. If you have knowledge of a felony and conceal it, it is misprision of felony. Not all states have this in their state law but it is in federal law. Cocaine is against federal law, as well as state, you could be in trouble. In many states this is a misdemeanor. Now, as I have said I do not support the Best Buy Geek Squad technician searching the hard drive for illegal material but if he or she should discover a folder of child pornography when working on virus removal, I believe they have an obligation to report it. What if they came across a folder full of Top Secret government material? They didn't go looking for it, it just happened to be clearly labeled or a file had a virus in it and they discovered it? Wouldn't you want it reported?

    I don't believe that a warrant should be required for this because the computer's owner has given permission for the technician to go into the computer. That would be like getting invited into a Ariel Castro's home and discovering three women chained up. Would you have an obligation to report it?

    18 U.S. Code 4 - Misprision of felony

    Whoever, having knowledge of the actual commission of a felony cognizable by a court of the United States, conceals and does not as soon as possible make known the same to some judge or other person in civil or military authority under the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.

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    I would not report the coke if I were the plumber. I would report child porn if I found it during the normal course of my computer work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sassy View Post
    I would not report the coke if I were the plumber. I would report child porn if I found it during the normal course of my computer work.
    Okay, so in some cases you would obey the law and do your duty, in other cases you would ignore that crime. If each person makes that decision for himself or herself, think about what some people wouldn't report but others would. Would someone report a neighbor robbing a bank? It's a predatory lender and the guy needs the money... Where do you draw the line?

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