The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground. —THOMAS JEFFERSON, 1788

Geek Squad worker pilfers coed’s nude photos from computer

Best BuyDo you keep naked photographs of yourself on your personal electronic storage devices? If you don’t, you may be a member of a dying breed — and, no, this is not a story about Anthony Weiner.

Last month it was reported in this space that members of the NYPD confiscated a driver’s cell phone in the line of duty and ended up locating — and stealing — a cache of racy photos of herself the woman had stored on the device.

This month’s victim is a female art student at the University of Alabama. The Daily Caller reports that in 2011 Nicole March turned her busted laptop over to a technician with Best Buy’s “Geek Squad.” But in the course of his work, the techie discovered the nude “selfies” that March kept on her computer “as part of her work, which focuses on the human body.”

The perv offloaded copies of the files, which he then uploaded to the Internet. March learned about her unwanted celebrity for the first time in May of this year, when she received a call from Best Buy informing her that the photos had been filched and made public, adding that the culprit’s identity was known. The company also assured her it would do everything in its power to see that the photos were removed from the web.

March reported the theft to the police, who told her the statute of limitations had expired. March has since filed a suit against Best Buy, claiming professional negligence, breach of privacy, and outrageous behavior.

In papers filed with the court, her attorney wrote:

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.

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Howard Portnoy has written for HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.

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