Commerce / Tech / State Encrypt (Florida Department of Economic Opportunity)

Joseph Uchill filed this request with the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity of Florida.
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From: Joseph Uchill

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Florida's Sunshine Law (Fla. Stat. secs. 119.01 to 119.15 (1995)), I hereby request the following records:

The Washington Post reports "But over the summer, momentum has grown among officials in the commerce, diplomatic, trade and technology agencies for a statement from the president 'strongly disavowing' a legislative mandate and supporting widespread encryption, according to senior officials and documents obtained by The Washington Post." (

I am requesting communications including emails and memoranda and presentations since March of 2015 discussing the debate over encryption backdoors.

A good set of search terms to find these documents would be anything that mixes a term from "list A" below with a term from "list B:"

A: encryption, crypto, encrypt, cryptography, pgp, gpg, AES256
B: Apple, Google, default, backdoor, back door, frontdoor, front door, comey, NSA, FBI, law enforcement, Comey, Clapper, Johnson, intelligence, warrant

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


Joseph Uchill

From: Bell, Kandra

Thank you for your request below. The Department of Economic Opportunity will begin to process your request.

From: Bell, Kandra

Good morning,

I am out of the office until next Tuesday. I would like to call you then to discuss your search terms if that is ok. I talked to our IT staff already and the way our system is set up and based on your suggested search terms, it could be very time consuming and costly.

I will be in touch with you next Tuesday.

Thank you.

Sent from my Windows Phone

From: Joseph Uchill

Sure. Call me directly at 617 450 2631.

From: Bell, Kandra

Will do
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From: Bell, Kandra

Mr. Uchill,

Thank you for speaking with me today regarding your public records request below. As we discussed the department does not have any responsive records. And after discussing with you the possibility of an email pull, this is to confirm that you are withdrawing that part of the request.

Please feel free to contact me regarding future public records requests.

Thank you.

Kandra Bell