"Using powerful mainframes at Best Buy's headquarters in Richfield, the company now scans several hundred Geek Squad computers each night to see if customer data is stored appropriately," said a story in the May 1 edition of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. "Previously, these audits were done only several times a year." Best Buy is also setting up a system where customer files can only be viewed by the file names, without personal content. In addition, the retailer has now banned thumb drives by its Geek Squad technicians.
With a privacy invasion trial about to begin, Best Buy's IT department will be conducting more frequent remote audits of the chain's Geek Squad tech support department.