A University of Alabama student with nude photos on her computer decided to drop it off with a team of self-described “geeks” for repair.
What could go wrong?
Only the obvious.
Nicole March, who says she took the nude photos for an art course, is suing Best Buy after her nude pics appeared on the Internet.
According to the lawsuit, March took the computer to a Tuscaloosa Best Buy in August of 2011 and paid $131 for the Geek Squad to salvage data from her hard drive.
Nine months later, March, who worked part-time at the massive electronics chain, was told by a male Geek Squad member that he had nude photos of her and someone else had made them available as a download on Pirate Bay and other Internet sites.
March initially took her complaints to a manager, who later asked that she do him “the favor of not asking who the culprit was.” She filed a police report a week later but no criminal charges were brought.
The lawsuit, filed Friday in federal court, alleges no one at Best Buy was punished and that March suffered mental anguish, embarrassment and humiliation due to negligent supervision and training of employees.
The Minneapolis-based electronics retailer, which has not seen the lawsuit, declined comment.
Security experts contacted by this reporter might have said “this sort of thing is going to happen as long as there are art students who don’t understand encryption, which means forever,” if I had actually bothered to contact such an expert.