Social Media Monitoring policies (Alaska State Troopers)

Emma North-Best filed this request with the Alaska State Troopers of Alaska.
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Multi Request Social Media Monitoring policies


From: Emma North-Best

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Alaska Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

Copies of your Agency's social media monitoring policies and guidelines, as well as any assessments of its privacy or legal implications.

I am a member of the news media and request classification as such. I have previously written about the government and its activities, with some reaching over 100,000 readers. As such, as I have a reasonable expectation of publication and my editorial and writing skills are well established. In addition, I discuss and comment on the files online and make them available through non-profits such as the Internet Archive and MuckRock, disseminating them to a large audience. While my research is not limited to this, a great deal of it, including this, focuses on the activities and attitudes of the government itself. As such, it is not necessary for me to demonstrate the relevance of this particular subject in advance.

As my primary purpose is to inform about government activities by reporting on it and making the raw data available, I request that fees be waived.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.


Emma Best

From: Alaska State Troopers

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From: Alaska State Troopers

Good morning,

I have received your public information request for:

Copies of your Agency's social media monitoring policies and guidelines, as well as any assessments of its privacy or legal implications.

Under the authority delegated to me by the Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety, and in accordance with 2 AAC 96.335, I am denying your request to obtain these records. Release of a Department policy concerning social media monitoring to the public would disclose confidential law enforcement techniques and guidelines, and compromise the safety of our officers and the public. Accordingly, non-disclosure of this record is authorized per Alaska Statute 40.25.120 (a)(6) (E) (F) and (G).

Regarding your request for an assessment of the privacy and legal implications of such a policy, if these documents exist they would be confidential deliberative materials and/or attorney client privilege, not subject to public disclosure.

Since I have denied your request, I have provided information on the appeal procedure in the document attached. There is no bond requirement for an administrative appeal.

You may also obtain immediate judicial review of this denial by seeking an injunction form the superior court under AS 40.25.125. Choosing not to pursue injunctive relief in superior court will have no adverse effect on your rights before the department.



Allison Hanzawa
Special Assistant to the Commissioner/Legislative Liaison
Department of Public Safety
(907) 465-5505