Geek Squad Posted Woman's Nude Photos, Lawsuit Claims

Should it be called the peek squad?

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At Best Buy, the Geek Squad technical support people are supposed to help customers. But University of Alabama art student Nicole March claims that the group is more like the Peek Squad. She alleges that when she brought her computer in for repair to the Tuscaloosa store where she worked, Geek Squad members posted her nude pictures online after finding them on her machine, as AL.com reports.

There have been cases where employees allegedly secretly taped or photographed co-workers as well as spied on the contents of people's gadgets. But there aren't many cases where the alleged victim is both a co-worker and customer.

March's suit claims that on August 18, 2011, she brought her computer into the Best Buy and paid $131 to have the Geek Squad restore lost data. All seemed fine until a Geek Squad employee allegedly told her on May 13 of this year that nude photos of her were online, including the famous outlaw file sharing site Pirate Bay, according to TV station WSFA. March's lawyer, Steven Heninger, told the station that the photos were meant as references for classwork, not for salacious or public use.

"She's shocked that these private, professional photos...she never posted them on any social media kept them only for reference or professional use for art," Heninger said.

The news would be enough to give almost anyone a Crimson Tide of blushing.

It is common for student artists to have reference photos of the human body to help them accurately prepare drawings, paintings, and sculptures. Although books of reference photos are available, many art students don't have much spare money and having digital pictures of themselves could provide the same type of reference material virtually for nothing.

In response to a request from AOL Jobs, a Best Buy spokesperson emailed, "As a matter of policy, Best Buy does not comment on pending litigation."

The suit further alleges that March contacted the store's general manager. The suit further claims that on May 17, a Geek Squad official contacted March, said that he found the person who uploaded the photos, and that asked she do "the favor of not asking who the culprit was."

March then claims that she filed a complaint with the Tuscaloosa Police Department but that no action was taken, according to AL.com. Because more than a year passed between the alleged incident and the report, even though March reportedly was unaware of the events during most of this time, the statute of limitations prevents criminal prosecution.

This isn't the first time Best Buy employees have been accused of taking a customer's nude photos off electronics in for repair. According to radio station WTOP, earlier this year, Sophia Ellison claims that she hired someone at a Fairfax, VA Best Buy to move photos and contact information from an older iPhone to a new one. She alleged that the employee offered to buy the phone and promised to wipe it after transferring the data, but that none of her 900 photos were on the new phone. Instead, the employee supposedly burned them all, including some "racy" ones, to a CD and wanted Ellison to meet him before he would turn over the disk.

According to WTOP, a Best Buy spokesperson called the event "an unfortunate experience caused by what appears to be rogue action against our code of conduct." The employee in question reportedly was fired.

The Consumerist blog claims that "Best Buy paid an undisclosed amount to settle a civil lawsuit" when an employee in a Michigan store took and shared a customer's nude self-portraits from a device she had brought in.

Bringing equipment in to a Best Buy or any other repair facility can involve a risk as any data, including saved emails and sexy photos, might be available for the taking. The best source is to remove the material from the computer, storing it elsewhere. If that is impractical, using a program to encrypt the files should keep eyes on work and not on you.

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Pam Rogers

lol how stupid can one be she wanted them to see

August 27 2013 at 1:43 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Pam Rogers

clean your computer before you take it to be serviced stupid people

August 27 2013 at 1:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Johnny D.

And what kind of school/job would require a decent girl to make nude pic's/??? Hmmmmm...something wrong with this picture...oh well..such is society today...nuff said...

August 26 2013 at 8:12 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
gunner

Prolly the first "naked" woman he had scene besides his mother, he went crazy.

August 20 2013 at 4:59 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Chris Edwards

Come off it! Geeks aren't interested in sex.

August 18 2013 at 8:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
arenadood

Geeks of the world unite and give a shout out to these Mega Geeks. This is what they have strived for their whole lives.

August 18 2013 at 5:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jpt29

I took a computer to the Geek Squard in Warwick RI they said my mother board was gone and couldn't be replaced. I bought a new computer but was able to find someone to fix my old one. The mother board wasn't the problem it was a memory chip. Replaced for $7.00. Best buy can kiss my Irish ass from now on.

August 18 2013 at 5:41 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
nonucantmakemee

geek squad is a bunch of idiots, i took a laptop to them in tulsa ok and told them the dvd player wasnt working they told me it was shot, i took it home and did a system restore on it and it worked great

August 18 2013 at 4:06 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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doug

i had a fella squalling about the geeks working on his puter and couldn't do anything with it, so had the same problem as when he brought it in. I did a system restore on it after he had tried and it wouldn't accept the command to do so. it took several hours to restore, but he didn't lose any files and it worked great after all was said and done. after that one I won't take mine to a geek. will call a tech friend of mine and let him walk me thru it.

August 19 2013 at 2:03 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
siteorg

What fool would have nude photos of themselves and then have someone who knows how to pull up old things on a computer to look at her computer? Maybe she should have printed the photos and then deleted them and she would have had them for her art studies.

August 18 2013 at 2:34 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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