Albemarle County Police Department documents related to partnership with Ring and Neighbors app

Shawn Breen filed this request with the Albemarle County Police Department of Albemarle County, VA.
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From: Shawn Breen


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Public reports state that this police department has a relationship with Ring, which has a "neighborhood watch" app called Neighbors (https://patch.com/california/fostercity/new-foster-city-program-provides-real-time-local-crime-info). Therefore, I hereby request the following records:

1) All instructional materials, presentations and presentation materials (including recorded video and audio, PowerPoint files, prepared remarks, and slides formats), and other guidance on the use of Ring devices and/or the Neighbors app. This includes A) any notes taking during meetings that discussed the use of Ring devices and/or the Neighbors app, B) any explanations (whether internally or externally generated) of how Ring devices and/or the Neighbors app work, and C) any other document that has been used to help explain the use of Ring devices and/or the Neighbors app to any party, including internal documentation, public relations materials, and executive summaries.

2) A copy of any privacy impact assessments, use policies, standard operating procedures, data retention policies, legal opinions, warranties, non-disclosure agreements, contracts, liability waivers, insurance agreements, Requests for Proposals, Responses to Requests for Proposal, Memorandums of Understanding, Letters of Interest, usage policies, or informal agreements between the police department and Ring.

3) A copy of any funding opportunity announcements, grant applications and grantor status/progress reports, reports to legislative bodies, annual reports that mention Ring or the Neighbors app, as well as audit records, including but not limited to security audits of the software, misuse reports, and reports to oversight bodies.

4) Any digital communications including but not limited to emails and text messages) as well as documents, (including but not limited to PDF, word processing, excel, and slide documents) that mention Ring or the Neighbors app.

5) Any digital communications (including but not limited to emails and text messages) with Ring representatives.

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 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Shawn Breen

From: Albemarle County Police Department

Mr. Breen,

I have received your request regarding information "with Ring, which has a "neighborhood watch" app called Neighbors". I am responding by five business days by law. The address provided 411A Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02144-2516 is out of the Commonwealth of Virginia and therefore, Pursuant to Section 2.2-3704 (A), the Albemarle County Police Department has no obligation to fulfill this request. If the requestor has a Commonwealth address please resend the request with the provided information.

Alison Wood
FOIA Specialist
Albemarle County Police Department
1600 5th Street Extended
Phone: (434) 972-4032

From: Shawn Breen

Ms. Wood,

Thank you. I am a journalist investigating matters of interest to Virginia residents. I represent multiple online magazines currently circulating in the state of Virginia. Should you wish to verify circulation you can do so at rth-media.blogspot.com Per Virginia state FOIA law, representatives of magazines with circulation in the state of Virginia can make requests for public information.

https://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacodepopularnames/virginia-freedom-of-information-act/

ยง 2.2-3704. - A.

"Except as otherwise specifically provided by law, all public records shall be open to citizens of the Commonwealth,representatives of newspapers and magazines with circulation in the Commonwealth"

Shawn Breen
Editor and publisher rth-media.blogspot.com

From: Albemarle County Police Department

Mr. Breen,

I have attached an extension for this documents.
Thank you for your patience during this time.

Alison Wood
FOIA Specialist
Albemarle County Police Department
1600 5th Street Extended
Phone: (434) 972-4032

From: Albemarle County Police Department

Mr. Breen,

Please see the attached estimated cost for the records requested.

Alison Wood
FOIA Specialist
Albemarle County Police Department
1600 5th Street Extended
Phone: (434) 972-4032

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