Computer repair technicians working for Best Buy’s “Geek Squad” copied a female student’s nude photos from a computer they were tasked with fixing and circulated them on the Internet, according to a lawsuit.
Nicole March, an art student at the University of Alabama, kept nude photographs of herself on her computer as part of her work, which focuses on the human body. In August of 2011, she paid the Geek Squad $131 to retrieve files off of her hard drive.
Months later — in May of this year — she received a call from a Best Buy employee that her nude photographs had been stolen by the Geek Squad and published online. This employee also told her that the culprit’s identity was known.
A Best Buy official told March that the company would do everything it could to delete the photographs from the Internet, and asked her not to seek further information about who had committed the crime.
The police closed the case against Best Buy on Monday, since the statute of limitations had expired.
Instead, March has filed suit, claiming professional negligence, breach of privacy and outrageous behavior.
“This conduct was utterly reprehensible and cannot be tolerated in a civilized society where a customer entrusts her computer to a service for repair and rescue only to have sensitive and private data, images, and information uploaded to public links for use by strangers and the public at large,” said the lawsuit.
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