Social Media Surveillance survey (Columbia Falls Police Department)

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Columbia Falls Police Department of Columbia Falls, MT.
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From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Montana Public Records Act, Article II, § 9, I hereby request the following records:

Any and all contracts (as well as all associated amendments, exhibits, and materials), memorandums of understanding, and other equivalent agreements entered into by this agency with or any other social media surveillance software or equipment company, including but not limited to:

• BrightPlanet
• Geofeedia
• Intrado Inc.
• LifeRaft
• Magnet Forensics
• Media Sonar
• Signal Corporation
• ZeroFOX

Responsive materials should include but not be limited to:

• the initial Invitation to Bid, Request for Proposal, or equivalent call for contractors
• the responsive materials provided by the winning bidder
• other bidder responses
• the current contract
• all exhibits
• all amendments
• all performance work statements
• all deliverables inventories
• all invoices related to the deliverance of software, services, or goods

Please also include:

• all policies related to the acquisition and use of social media and surveillance software by individual officers and representatives of this agency
• all materials related to the use of any other social media platform, including but not limited to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Nextdoor, etc.

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 would request your response within ten (10) business days.


Beryl Lipton

From: Peters, Clint

This email is in response to your request for information in regards to contracts with certain vendors, use of surveillance software, and use of social media. The Columbia Falls Police Department has never had contracts or done any kind of business with any of the vendors listed in your request, or vendors offering similar products. The Columbia Falls Police Department also does run any social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Nextdoor, or other similar type social media outlets.

Chief Clint Peters
Columbia Falls Police Department
130 6th St West
Columbia Falls, MT 59912
(406) 892-3226 (office)
(406) 897-3289 (cell)

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