Geolocation data providers (D.C. Department of Corrections)

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the D.C. Department of Corrections of District of Columbia.
Multi Request Geolocation data providers
Est. Completion None
No Responsive Documents


From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) seeks records describing the relationship between your agency and third-party providers of geolocation data. In particular, we seek records related to:
• the location data provider Gravy Analytics and its subsidiary Venntel
• Babel Street’s service Locate X
• the location data provider INRIX

For the purposes of this request, the term “geolocation data” refers to GPS data acquired from cell phone apps, connected vehicles, or other connected devices, or from third-party aggregators of such data, which pertains to the location of individual persons or devices, whether identified or de-identified.

We request the following records for the period between January 1, 2015 and the present:

• All contracts or written agreements between D.C. Department of Corrections, or consultants thereof, and Gravy Analytics, Venntel, or Babel Street;
• All presentations, marketing materials, or proposals by contractors, subcontractors, or consultants working with D.C. Department of Corrections relating to the use of geolocation data from Gravy Analytics, Venntel, or Babel Street;
• All technical documentation, guides, presentations, or policies describing access to, storage of, or use of geolocation data acquired from Gravy Analytics, Venntel, or Babel Street;
• All privacy policies, memoranda of understanding, data-sharing agreements, or terms of use applying to geolocation data acquired from Gravy Analytics, Venntel, or Babel Street;
• All written communications, emails, and attachments between D.C. Department of Corrections and Gravy Analytics, Venntel, or Babel Street;
• All written communications, emails, attachments, contracts, presentations, technical documentation, and other materials between D.C. Department of Corrections and INRIX or referencing INRIX.

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.


Beryl Lipton
Investigative Researcher, Electronic Frontier Foundation

From: D.C. Department of Corrections

Good Afternoon,

This is in response to your below FOIA request for “January 1, 2015 – present” DC Department of Corrections’ (DOC) “records describing the relationship between [DOC] and third-party providers of geolocation data” which you identified as Gravy Analytics, Venntel, Babel Street, and INRIX. Staff has concluded a due diligence search and found no responsive records. It appears that the requested records were never created and/or maintained by the DOC.

If you consider this response a denial of your FOIA request, you are advised that, under D.C. Official Code § 2-537 and 1 DCMR 412, you have the right to appeal to the Mayor or to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.

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Failure to follow these administrative steps will result in delay in the processing and commencement of a response to your appeal to the Mayor.


Records, Information & Privacy Officer
DC Department of Corrections
Office of the General Counsel
2000 14th Street, NW, 7th Floor
Washington, DC 20009
(O) 202-671-2055
(F) 202-671-1705<>