FOIA - CPD - GrayShift Documents

J Ader filed this request with the Chicago Police Department of Chicago, IL.
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From: J Ader

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (5 ILCS 140/1 to 11), I hereby request the following records:

Documentation on any products from GrayShift ( including, but not limited to, the following:

- Purchase Orders
- Initial Bid Documents
- Current and previous contracts with GrayShift
- Requests for Proposals
- Memorandum(s) of Understanding
- Any privacy impact assessments
- Any instructional materials or presentations
- Use policies and standard operating procedures
- Data retention policies
- Usage policies
- Any informal agreements that reference "GrayShift" or otherwise guide it use or the relationship between this agency and the provider or developer of the software/hardware.

I am particularly interested in any purchase and/or internal documentation regarding GrayShift's product called GrayKey. Purchases of this tool by nearby police departments have been documented by previous FOIA requests and in the following article (

"..GrayShift is an American company which appears to be run by an ex-Apple security engineer and others who have long held contracts with intelligence agencies. In its marketing materials, GrayShift offers a tool called GrayKey, an offline version of which costs $30,000 and comes with an unlimited number of uses. For $15,000, customers can instead buy the online version, which grants 300 iPhones unlocks."

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes. Please be aware that this request is being sent by the Lucy Parsons Labs, a registered non-profit in the State of Illinois

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.


J Ader


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