Uber emails

Adam Vaccaro filed this request with the Mayor's Office of Boston, MA.
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From: Adam Vaccaro

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, §10, I hereby request the following records:

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, §10, I hereby request the following records:

Any email communication between the city and correspondents whose email address ends in @uber.com

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, 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.

Sincerely,

Adam Vaccaro

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.

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.

Sincerely,

Adam Vaccaro

From: Adam Vaccaro

Dear sir or madam:

One addendum to this request: Please provide responsive documents dating back to January, 2015 through the present day.

Thank you,
Adam Vaccaro

From: Press Office

Good morning,

Please consider this email confirmation of receipt.

Thanks,
Press Office

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Press Office of Mayor Martin J. Walsh

617-635-4461

www.cityofboston.gov/news

*​**Notice*:

This email is subject to MGL: Chpt.66, Sec.10 Public Records Law.
<http://www.malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartI/TitleX/Chapter66/Section10>

From: Press Office

Good morning,

The initial email search resulted in 3,693 emails between city accounts and
@uber.com accounts between 1/1/2015 and 4/12/2016. We can provide a cost
estimate, however we wanted to see if there is interest in narrowing the
search by using keywords or specific email users.

Please advise.

Thanks,
Press Office

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Press Office of Mayor Martin J. Walsh

617-635-4461

www.cityofboston.gov/news

*​**Notice*:

This email is subject to MGL: Chpt.66, Sec.10 Public Records Law.
<http://www.malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartI/TitleX/Chapter66/Section10>

From: Adam Vaccaro

Thank you. What would limiting the search to emails sent to, from, or copying Jascha Franklin-Hodge do to those figures?

From: Press Office

Good morning,

We will look into your amended request.

Thank you,
Press Office

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Press Office of Mayor Martin J. Walsh

617-635-4461

www.cityofboston.gov/news

*​**Notice*:

This email is subject to MGL: Chpt.66, Sec.10 Public Records Law.
<http://www.malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartI/TitleX/Chapter66/Section10>

From: Adam Vaccaro

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on April 5, 2016. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

From: Press Office

Good afternoon,

Please consider this email in response to your public records request for
the following documents.

- Any email communication between Jascha Franklin-Hodge and correspondents
whose email address ends in @uber.com since 1/1/2015.

A search for emails produced 157 emails. Of those, the City is withholding
23 emails and three (3) documents under Exemption (g) of the Public Records
Law. These emails and the discussions therein discuss data that Uber has
allowed the City to access under the "Agreement between Uber Technologies,
Inc. and the City of Boston On the Provision of Uber City Data." As you
may know, Exemption (g) contains six requirements that must be met in order
to withhold trade secrets, these are: (1) that the information is comprised
of trade secrets or other confidential commercial information; (2) that the
information was voluntarily provided to a government entity; (3) that the
information was provided for use in developing government policy; (4) that
it was provided upon an assurance of confidentiality; (5) that the
information was not required by law; and (6) that the information was not
provided as a condition of receiving a government benefit, such as
information provided in connection with a contract.

Here, the City and Uber have an MOU, which has been made public, through
which Uber has agreed to provide confidential data and related analysis of
its trip data. The City is using this data to assist in the development of
new transportation initiatives. The City agreed to keep this information
confidential as it consists of data and methods of data collection that
Uber considers to be valuable to its business practices. The City is not
paying Uber or providing any other benefit to Uber. As such, the City
believes that these 23 emails and three (3) documents are exempt from
disclosure per Exemption (g) of the Public Records Law.

Under the Massachusetts Public Records Law, it is your right to seek
redress through the administrative process provided by the Office of the
Supervisor of Public Records, Office of the Secretary of State.

Thank you,
Press Office


6-8 FOIA Boston.com Uber
<https://docs.google.com/a/boston.gov/folderview?id=0BzVkyqf6znmsNmR2SUd6MTBzdUU&usp=drive_web>

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Press Office of Mayor Martin J. Walsh

617-635-4461

www.cityofboston.gov/news

*​**Notice*:

This email is subject to MGL: Chpt.66, Sec.10 Public Records Law.
<http://www.malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartI/TitleX/Chapter66/Section10>

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