Contracts and Policies Regarding IMSI Catchers (Illinois State Police)

Curtis Waltman filed this request with the Illinois State Police of Illinois.


From: Curtis Waltman

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (5 ILCS 140/1 to 11), I hereby request the following records:

Documents concerning IMSI catchers or any of the following words: "Stingray", "cell site simulator", or "dirtbox". including:
-Contracts with the Harris Corporation regarding the acquisition of their Stingray or KingFish IMSI catchers
-Department policies and procedure regarding the use of IMSI catcher technology
-policies and procedures on the keeping of statistics about the Department's use and acquisition of IMSI catchers

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 5 business days, as the statute requires.


Curtis Waltman


Your request was received and assigned FOIR #16-2527. We are awaiting a
response from the Division of Administration. As soon as we receive a
response from them, we will email you our response.

Thank you



Curtis Waltman
Re: FOIR #16-2532

Dear Mr. Waltman:

Thank you for writing the Illinois State Police with your request for
information pursuant to the Illinois Freedom of Information Act, 5 ILCS
140/1 et seq. On November 1, 2016, we received your request for: Records
related to Contracts and Policies Regarding IMSI Catchers and "Stingrays".

The Illinois State Police Freedom of Information Officer, Nancy G. Easum,
is granting your request in part and denying your request in part. Please
note, any documents that have not been provided are either exempt under
the exemptions listed in Section 7 of the Illinois Freedom of Information
Act, or the Illinois
State Police is not in possession of documents responsive to a portion of
your request. All documents in the possession of the Illinois State Police
and not exempt have been provided. The reasons for the redactions are as

5 ILCS 140/7(1)(b) ? The report, if provided, contains redactions based on
the Freedom of Information Act?s exemption regarding ?Private Information?
as defined in the Illinois Freedom of Information Act as, ??[u]nique
identifiers, including a person's social security number, driver's license
number, employee identification number, biometric identifiers, personal
financial information, passwords or other access codes, medical records,
home or personal telephone
numbers, and personal email addresses. Private information also includes
home address and personal license plates, except as otherwise provided by
law or when compiled without possibility of attribution to any
person.? All relevant private information has been redacted.

5 ILCS 140/7(1)(d)(v) ? Documents or portions of documents that would ??
disclose unique or specialized investigative techniques other than those
generally used and known?and disclosure would result in demonstrable harm
to the agency or public body that is the recipient of the request;? have
been redacted and/or deleted from the files provided. Some of the
documents requested contain details about investigative techniques that
could be countered by criminal elements if widely known.

5 ILCS 140/7(1)(f) ? Documents which constitute ??Preliminary drafts,
notes, recommendations, memoranda and other records in which opinions are
expressed, or policies or actions are formulated?? have been withheld or
redacted. Any such documents or portions thereof are intended to recommend
a course of action or to enable leadership to make an informed decision,
and are therefore are a part of the deliberative process.

You have the right to have the denial of your request reviewed by the
Public Access Counselor (PAC) at the Office of the Attorney General (5
ILCS 140/9.5(a)). You can file your Request for Review with the PAC by
writing to:

Public Access Counselor
Office of the Attorney General
500 South 2nd Street
Springfield, Illinois 62706
Fax: (217) 782-1396

If you choose to file a Request for Review with the PAC, you must do so
within 60 calendar days of the date of this denial letter (5 ILCS
140/9.5(a)). Please note that you must include a copy of your original
FOIA request and this denial letter when filing a Request for Review with
the PAC.

You also have the right to seek judicial review of your denial by filing a
lawsuit in the State circuit court (5 ILCS 140/11).

Nancy G. Easum
Freedom of Information Officer
801 S. Seventh St., Suite 1000-S
Springfield, Illinois 62703-2487