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Woman Says Computer Tech Uploaded Her Nude Pictures to Web, Files Lawsuit
Opposing Views ^ | 08/14/2013 | By Michael Allen,

Posted on 08/14/2013 11:42:46 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd

University of Alabama student Nicole March claims that a member of Best Buy's Geek Squad posted her nude photos on the web after fixing her computer.

March has filed a lawsuit against Best Buy, claiming that she is "devastated and humiliated" by the incident.

Her lawyers claim the pictures were taken for an art project at school, where she was studying the human form.

According to March's lawsuit, she took her computer to a Best Buy store in Tuscaloosa, Alabama to fix the hard drive in August 2011. March also works at the same Best Buy.

However, in May of this year, she was told by a different Geek Squad worker that nude pictures of her were on the Internet, notes AL.com.

March's lawsuit claims an unidentified Geek Squad employee took the photos from her computer, uploaded them to the web and linked to the pictures via Pirate Bay, a popular bit torrent file-sharing site.

She complained to the police, but the statute of limitations had expired. She complained to Best Buy, whose manager identified the Geek Squad member, but would not tell March who it was.

Best Buy told March they would try to get the pictures off the web, but there is no guarantee they can.

March's lawsuit claims Best Buy invaded her privacy and was negligent in the supervision and training of its employees.

A Best Buy spokesperson said the company is waiting to see a copy of the lawsuit.

Source: AL.com

 


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Business/Economy; Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: bestbuy
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GUILTY.

 

Not Best Buy. I mean Nicole March

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1 posted on 08/14/2013 11:42:46 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd
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To: Responsibility2nd

Hmmm .. I dunno ... need more proof.


2 posted on 08/14/2013 11:44:33 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: Responsibility2nd; knarf

Butterface...


3 posted on 08/14/2013 11:47:55 AM PDT by Old Sarge (Opinions are like orgasms: only mine count, and I couldn't care less if you have one...)
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To: Responsibility2nd

More than one tech site has caught Best Buy/Geek Squad in the act of sifting through personal data and copying that which they should not access, often via the USB key that contains anti-malware utilities. No shock that beach/bikini photos were popular with them.

The tech sites simply ran a video capture program in the background and caught them red-handed.

The Geek Squad concept is cute for about 2 seconds until you realize the creeps they’ve hired would still be creeps without the white ties and black shirts. Giving them access to one’s data is a mistake.


4 posted on 08/14/2013 11:48:47 AM PDT by relictele (A community vigilant in enforcing economic, racial and social equality. It was called Jonestown.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Seems to me her photos on her computer are her property.


5 posted on 08/14/2013 11:50:30 AM PDT by popdonnelly (The right to self-defense is older than the Constitution.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

lol

YOU were not “devastated and humiliated” to take the pictures and use them in a school project?? That is PUBLIC isn’t it?

Sorry, not exactly “private”.


6 posted on 08/14/2013 11:51:20 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: Responsibility2nd

I remember when the cheerleaders at my university convinced me to take off my clothes because they were all in an art class. I fell for their little trick....ten or twelve times.


7 posted on 08/14/2013 11:51:53 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Old Sarge
I dunno...she's not that bad, Sarge. Where she's lacking is the gray stuff behind her eyes.

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

8 posted on 08/14/2013 11:52:00 AM PDT by wku man (Amnesty? No Way, Jose (No Se Puede!) by 10 Pound Test http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsTUQ8yOI2c)
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To: Responsibility2nd

uhhhh....Miss March.....

WHY DO YOU THINK THEY CALL IT THE GEEK SQUAD???????????


9 posted on 08/14/2013 11:52:37 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: popdonnelly

Seems to me her photos on her computer are her property.

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No argument there. And I would even argue that Best Buy was wrong and she should win her lawsuit.

If I were on the jury - I’d award her the sum of One Dollar.


10 posted on 08/14/2013 11:55:00 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Responsibility2nd
No argument there. And I would even argue that Best Buy was wrong and she should win her lawsuit.

If I were on the jury - I’d award her the sum of One Dollar.

Interesting. Now imagine that you also kept copies of your SS card, tax returns and birth certs on your computer and they lifted and posted that on the internet?

Did they or did they not steel personal property. The courts recognize personal property in copyright laws.

I would award about $100K... for damages and punitive.

11 posted on 08/14/2013 12:02:40 PM PDT by Tenacious 1 (Waiting for next tagline.)
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To: Tenacious 1

Really?

You equate some bimbo posting nude pics of herself with SS records, tax records and birth “certs”?

Ohhhh-Kayyyy then.


12 posted on 08/14/2013 12:06:45 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Responsibility2nd
You equate some bimbo posting nude pics of herself with SS records, tax records and birth “certs”?

It's a property issue. Was the property stolen or wasn't it? If so, a crime was committed. The crime can be litigated in civil court since the statute of limitations has expired legally. The sticky part is... what damages is the criminal liable for?

I expect, being the intelligent, wise and respectful FReeper that you are, you cannot relate to storing nude photos of yourself on your computer. But I would expect there are some things on that machine you would not want to be distributed for any multitude of logical reasons. I simply used an analogy that someone as sophisticated as you might better relate too.

Does that help explain the analogy I used to point out the significance of "property" being stolen?

13 posted on 08/14/2013 12:16:53 PM PDT by Tenacious 1 (Waiting for next tagline.)
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To: relictele

From what ones I see at BB, I am glad I was never one. I saw them push a lot of high pressure sales for overpriced service work.


14 posted on 08/14/2013 12:17:37 PM PDT by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I agree.

I don’t worry about my nude pictures getting out on the internet BECAUSE THERE AREN’T ANY!!!

Amazing how that works, isn’t it?

(-:


15 posted on 08/14/2013 12:17:53 PM PDT by MeganC (A gun is like a parachute. If you need one, and don't have one, you'll never need one again.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I did not read that she posted them, I read that they were stolen off of her computer.


16 posted on 08/14/2013 12:18:51 PM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: Tenacious 1

She should have smashed the hard drive with a sledge hammer instead of handing it over to the Geeks.


17 posted on 08/14/2013 12:20:17 PM PDT by Col Frank Slade
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To: Responsibility2nd

She did not post the pics of herself on the internet. The Geek Squad tech took files that were hers from her computer and posted them on the Internet without her permission. It doesn’t matter what the contents of the files were. The tech could have just as easily stolen tax records with her SSN and sold them to identity thieves. They could have taken private emails and posted them online for their entertainment. The point is, it’s wrong no matter what was taken.


18 posted on 08/14/2013 12:20:38 PM PDT by grateful
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To: Tenacious 1

I expect, being the intelligent, wise and respectful FReeper that you are....

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Hah! You must not know me very well. Ask anyone - even my friends.

I get your point. But “property” as you call it has a value. To place a 100,000 dollar value on nude pics being stolen is ludicrous.


19 posted on 08/14/2013 12:23:20 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I think your verdict is premature.
Withholding judgement until more evidence surfaces.


20 posted on 08/14/2013 12:23:27 PM PDT by nascarnation (Democrats control the Presidency, Senate, and Media. It's an uphill climb....)
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To: Responsibility2nd

You equate some bimbo posting nude pics of herself with SS records, tax records and birth “certs”?

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You are cracking me up. When the reality of the situation is not juicy enough, you simply make stuff up, exactly as you have done here.

The young woman in question posted exactly nothing of herself anywhere. They were on HER computer. It was the geek squad creep who did the posting.


21 posted on 08/14/2013 12:23:34 PM PDT by dmz
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To: Responsibility2nd

The jury is still out....


22 posted on 08/14/2013 12:27:11 PM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

just another reason to become your own tech master


23 posted on 08/14/2013 12:33:56 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: Responsibility2nd
I get your point. But “property” as you call it has a value. To place a 100,000 dollar value on nude pics being stolen is ludicrous.

Punitive damages are relative to the entity that is found guilty (liable) for the damage. It's punishment payment. I don't normally agree with punitive damage awards (like HOT McDonalds coffee). But the OJ Simpson Civil Trial seemed to fit the reason punitive awards exist. Precisely when no tangible value can be attributed to a loss, in this case personal private data. In the Simpson Civil Trial the damages were for what, that value of Nicole's life?

Personal photos are property per copyright law.

24 posted on 08/14/2013 12:34:47 PM PDT by Tenacious 1 (Waiting for next tagline.)
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To: Nifster

or maybe just not do porn shoots in your spare time


25 posted on 08/14/2013 12:35:23 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Responsibility2nd

This is an accusation. Not one shred of evidence has been offered in the article.

According to the article, Ms. March allowed photos to be taken of her nude. No explanation is given about how those photos were protected or how their distribution has been traced to the Geek Squad member.

So all we have is “she said”.

Until credible evidence is presented, I will stay off the condemnation bandwagon.


26 posted on 08/14/2013 12:37:56 PM PDT by DakotaGator (Weep for the lost Republic! And keep your powder dry!!)
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To: MeganC
I don’t worry about my nude pictures getting out on the internet BECAUSE THERE AREN’T ANY!!!

Amen. No photos, no problem.

27 posted on 08/14/2013 12:38:39 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I would keep confidential data(or your nudie photos for that matter) either in encrypted files or better still stored on secure external media least your computer is hacked, lost, stolen or needs repairs. If she was attached to the college network without adequate firewall protection her photos may have been compromised too.


28 posted on 08/14/2013 12:40:22 PM PDT by The Great RJ
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To: who knows what evil?

There is also the fact that nobody would want to post (or view) naked pics of me if there were any.


29 posted on 08/14/2013 12:43:02 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Sherman Logan

That’s my ultimate defense, too. If there were such pictures, who would care? Anyway, once you’ve given birth ten times, it’s like practically the whole state - well, three states - has seen you naked.


30 posted on 08/14/2013 12:46:17 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Ask me about the Weiner Wager. Support Free Republic!)
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To: Resolute Conservative

The legalities as I understand them:

On your computer, they are your property, and a crime has been committed if someone takes and uploads them (hacking of Scarlett Johansson’s cell phone).

It is debatably a crime, depending on the jurisdiction, to hide a camera in a peephole and film someone getting naked (Erin Andrews...but in some other jurisdictions there was no specific law against this and prosecutors had trouble coming up with something to charge)

If you take naked pictures of yourself and give them to your honey, and later you break-up and you become rich and famous, he is free to sell them to a tabloid because you gave them as a gift and they are his property (Kristin Davis, Dr. Laura)


31 posted on 08/14/2013 1:01:36 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Tenacious 1

Personal photos are property per copyright law.

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No argument there. Way upthread I placed a $1 value on her stolen nudie pics. You placed a hundred thousand dollars.

Do you still hold on to that claim?


32 posted on 08/14/2013 1:06:15 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: knarf

bkmk


33 posted on 08/14/2013 1:19:15 PM PDT by Sergio (An object at rest cannot be stopped! - The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight)
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To: GeronL

You got to be kidding.


34 posted on 08/14/2013 1:33:50 PM PDT by dirtymac (Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.)
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To: MeganC
I don’t worry about my nude pictures getting out on the internet BECAUSE THERE AREN’T ANY!!!

WOOOHOOOO MeganC!!! Smart women are so cool & hot & unassuming & under-represented & unappreciated in the culture. : )

35 posted on 08/14/2013 1:57:26 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: MeganC
I don’t worry about my nude pictures getting out on the internet BECAUSE THERE AREN’T ANY!!!

Good to know that modesty and decency still exist in some places and some people!

36 posted on 08/14/2013 1:59:22 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Col Frank Slade
Preferred method of HD disposal is the application of explosive material in one form or another, sometimes with the application of heavier metals.
37 posted on 08/14/2013 2:07:59 PM PDT by mad_as_he$$
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To: Responsibility2nd
Do you still hold on to that claim?

YES. I may have to retract my previous assumption about your intellect and wisdom as you seem to be incapable of grasping the meaning of punitive damages associated with civil lawsuits. I don't know how else to explain my opinion. Here is the definition of Punitive Damages....

Punitive Damages: Damages awarded in excess of compensation to the plaintiff to punish a defendant for a serious wrong.

www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/punitive%20damages

38 posted on 08/14/2013 2:38:39 PM PDT by Tenacious 1 (Waiting for next tagline.)
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To: DakotaGator

You’re ruining all the fun by applying common sense and restraint ;-)


39 posted on 08/14/2013 2:45:59 PM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: nascarnation

Hmm, kartrashcan got rich the same way.


40 posted on 08/14/2013 3:48:00 PM PDT by bicyclerepair (Inbred, pedophile-worshipping, misogynists (mozlums) offend me.)
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To: MeganC

Spoiled sport!


41 posted on 08/14/2013 4:46:57 PM PDT by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Eh, it may be a right-to-privacy issue, a fundamental right that has enormous value.


42 posted on 08/14/2013 4:48:45 PM PDT by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: GeronL

well that too


43 posted on 08/14/2013 6:30:56 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: Nifster

When I am ready to buy, I will definitely consider that. Its not that much better than I got. I might be able to add 2GB of RAM to this thing.


44 posted on 08/14/2013 6:32:19 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Responsibility2nd

I’d hit it.


45 posted on 08/14/2013 6:35:31 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: relictele
The Geek Squad concept is cute for about 2 seconds until you realize the creeps they’ve hired would still be creeps without the white ties and black shirts.

I think that they don't know their collective ass from a hole in the ground and can't fix hardware is a big problem, too.

46 posted on 08/14/2013 6:40:24 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Justice for Trayvon: Dig up his body and shoot him again.)
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To: rockrr

Sorry. Don’t know what got into me ;-)


47 posted on 08/14/2013 7:05:55 PM PDT by DakotaGator (Weep for the lost Republic! And keep your powder dry!!)
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To: wally_bert

Once upon a time they were a separate entity but were absorbed into the Best Buy collective.

And you are absolutely correct. Lots of Fear Uncertainty and Doubt (FUD) as they attempt to scare the hell out of unwitting customers. System optimization my fanny.


48 posted on 08/14/2013 7:19:59 PM PDT by relictele (A community vigilant in enforcing economic, racial and social equality. It was called Jonestown.)
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To: grateful
The point is, it’s wrong no matter what was taken.

Exactly right!

If I catch a thief breaking into my fridge and making himself a peanut butter sandwich, I'm gonna shoot him.

That's my peanut butter sandwich!

49 posted on 08/14/2013 11:29:33 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (_.. ._. .. _. _._ __ ___ ._. . ___ ..._ ._ ._.. _ .. _. .)
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To: relictele

Many moons ago while I was a poor state TV employee, I broke down and took a few classes on how to fix PCs and the like. I didn’t want to be at the mercy of yo-yos that I saw at a BB store ever. Besides I had to do something that had to be better paying for a living. That took a while to get going.


50 posted on 08/15/2013 3:35:02 AM PDT by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.)
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