|Multi Request||Criminal Hackers Target Police to Protest Perceived Injustices|
|Submitted||June 21, 2019|
|Due||July 1, 2019|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Maryland Public Information Act, I hereby request the following records:
Records mentioning, describing or generated as a result of the 8 May 2015 Roll Call Release IA-0181-15 (which was designed to be shared widely with law enforcement) from the Department of Homeland Security's Office of intelligence and Analysis (I&A) in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, titled "Criminal Hackers Target Police to Protest Perceived Injustices," as well as records otherwise responding or reacting to the issues raised in it.
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 in outlets such as Gizmodo, MuckRock, Motherboard, Property of the People, Unicorn Riot, and The Outline, among others. 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 library Internet Archive and the journalist non-profit 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 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 calendar days, as the statute requires.
Dear Ms. Best:
Your June 21, 2019 electronic mail message to the Baltimore County Police Department ("BCOPD"), PIA Office was forwarded to Shawn Vinson, Public Affairs Director, who referred it to the Baltimore County Office of Law for review and response pursuant to the Maryland Public Information Act ("MPIA"), Md. Code Ann., Gen. Provis. § 4 - 101 et seq.
Specifically, you are seeking records related to a Roll Call Release regarding criminal hackers.
Please be advised that I have not received records from the BCOPD yet for review.
As soon as I have additional information, I will update you accordingly.
Vickie L. Wash, Esq.
Assistant County Attorney
Office of Law
400 Washington Avenue
Towson, MD 21204
To Whom It May Concern:
I wanted to follow up on the following Maryland Public Information Act request, copied below, and originally submitted on June 21, 2019. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response.
Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.
Ill check with BCOPD and let you know the status as soon as I hear back.
The BCOPD does not have documents responsive to your MPIA seeking "records mentioning, describing or generated as a result of the 8 May 2015 Roll Call Release" which is referenced in your letter of July 15, 2019.
Please feel free to call me if you have any questions.
I am advised by the BCOPD that they are targeting the end of next week.