Mobile Phone Forensics Tools (Houston Police Department)

Curtis Waltman filed this request with the Houston Police Department of Houston, TX.
Tracking # 17-2705
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From: Curtis Waltman

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

The following request is in regards to mobile phone forensics tools such as devices made by the company Cellebrite, IP Box made by MDSec, Kessler Innovations products, or analysis programs such as those produced by COMPELSON Labs.

-Contractual documents. Examples of this are invoices, purchases orders, contracts, loan agreements, procurement documents etc.
-Records of communication with the domains CellebriteUSA.com, investigation.com, or mdsec.net from either the chief of police or head of procurement.
-guidelines and/or internal policy on the use of mobile phone forensics tools and software
-Any utilization logs for these tools

invoices, purchases orders, contracts, loan agreements, procurement documents

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 look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Curtis Waltman

From: HPD - Open Records

Dear Curtis Waltman,
Do you wish to specify that you allow us to withhold any information discussing open/active criminal investigations, criminal investigations that did not result in a conviction or deferred adjudication, attorney-client communications, and information confidential as a matter of law (such as HPD payroll numbers, officer personal cell phone numbers, TDL numbers, dates of birth, SSN numbers, etc.)? Otherwise, we must focus the first 15 days of processing your request simply on gathering a representative sample of those types of information to argue to the Attorney General that they must be withheld. Then, we aren't able to prepare a cost / time estimate until the ruling returns (usually within 45 business days) because we have no way of knowing what to withhold. Either way, we will not release those types of messages. You can eliminate about 45 business days from the process by allowing us to proceed without the need for an AG ruling.

Sincerely,

HPD Open Records Unit/ewe

From: HPD - Open Records

Please see the attached letter pertaining to the above referenced request.

Sincerely,

HPD Open Records Unit/ewe

From: Curtis Waltman

You can proceed without the AG ruling. Thank you very much for your consideration, and allowing me the choice. I understand those records are likely bound from release under exemptions, so I don't mind at all not waiting for the AG. Thanks again, I look forward to hearing back.

Sincerely,
Curtis Waltman

From: HPD - Open Records

Please see the attached letter pertaining to the above referenced request.

Sincerely,

HPD Open Records Unit/ewe

From: HPD - Open Records

Your responsive documents will be mailed out today to the address provided below.

Sincerely,

HPD Open Records Unit/ewe

From: HPD - Open Records

Your responsive documents were mailed out on 4/28/2017 to the address provided below.

Sincerely,

HPD Open Records Unit/ewe

From: HPD - Open Records

I will mail out another copy today to the address provided below.

MuckRock
DEPT MR 35348
411A Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02144-2516

Sincerely,

HPD Open Records Unit/ewe

From: Houston Police Department

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Curtis Waltman

Hi,

Thanks so much for the resend, and the work on my request! I really appreciate it.

Sincerely,
Curtis Waltman

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