Social Media Surveillance survey (Columbus Division of Police)

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Columbus Division of Police of Columbus, OH.
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From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Ohio Open Records Law, 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: Morris, Amy L.

Beryl Lipton,
I received your public records request through Muckrock and the only type of surveillance software we have ever used is Geofeedia, and that was just for a short time when they gave us the software to use on a trial basis. We did not sign up with them when the trial period is over. At this time, we have no agreements with any companies for surveillance software or equipment.

Thank you,

A. Morris

Amy L. Morris
Columbus Police Department
Public Records Unit
120 Marconi Blvd.
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

From: Beryl Lipton

Hello Ms. Morris,

Thank you so much for your response. Would it be possible to receive a copy of whatever trial agreement there might have been?

Thanks again,

From: Morris, Amy L.

There wasn’t even a trial agreement, it was just a free trial that went nowhere. She said it only lasted for a very short time and then we didn’t sign up for it.

A. Morris


Amy L. Morris
Columbus Police Department
Public Records Unit
120 Marconi Blvd.
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm