FOIA - Illinois State Police - GrayShift Documents

J Ader filed this request with the Illinois State Police of Illinois.

It is a clone of this request.

Tracking #


Due March 22, 2018
Est. Completion None
Awaiting Response


From: J Ader

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:

Documentation on any products from GrayShift ( including, but not limited to, the following:

- Purchase Orders
- Initial Bid Documents
- Current and previous contracts with GrayShift
- Requests for Proposals
- Memorandum(s) of Understanding
- Any privacy impact assessments
- Any instructional materials or presentations
- Use policies and standard operating procedures
- Data retention policies
- Usage policies
- Any informal agreements that reference "GrayShift" or otherwise guide it use or the relationship between this agency and the provider or developer of the software/hardware.

I am particularly interested in any purchase and/or internal documentation regarding GrayShift's product called GrayKey. Purchases of this tool have been documented by previous FOIA requests and in the following article (

"..GrayShift is an American company which appears to be run by an ex-Apple security engineer and others who have long held contracts with intelligence agencies. In its marketing materials, GrayShift offers a tool called GrayKey, an offline version of which costs $30,000 and comes with an unlimited number of uses. For $15,000, customers can instead buy the online version, which grants 300 iPhones unlocks."

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes. Please be aware that this request is being sent by the Lucy Parsons Labs, a registered non-profit in the State of Illinois

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.


J Ader

From: Illinois State Police

Good afternoon,

Your FOIA request was assigned FOIA # 18-0749. You were forwarded a
response via email on 3/15/18 at 9:05 AM. It was sent to the email listed
on the request ( Please let us know
if you did not receive the response.
Robyn Nation
Office Coordinator
Illinois State Police
Legal Office

Lori Walker/IlStPolice

From: Illinois State Police

Good afternoon,

Upon closer inspection of the request you attached below, there is no
record that we received the request you have described. Attached is the
request #18-0749 I was referring to which was received on 3/12/18. Could
you please advise when you sent the other request, if it was sent via mail
or email. If sent via mail, what address was it sent to?

----- Forwarded by Robyn Nation/IlStPolice on 03/16/2018 05:21 PM -----

FOIA Officer/IlStPolice
Sent by: Robyn Nation/IlStPolice

From: J Ader


I am a bit confused regarding your last response - that attachment you provided looks like a similar request submitted to your agency by another individual for GrayShift documents.

I would still like to go forth with my own aforementioned request.

Please let me know if any clarification is needed from my end.

- J Ader

From: Illinois State Police

Good afternoon,

Sorry about the confusion. We never received this request on 3/11/18 but
did receive a request from MuckRock News regarding GrayShift on 3/12/18.
The request you attached below was received for the first time on Friday

From: Illinois State Police

Freedom of Information Office
Bruce Rauner Leo P. Schmitz
Governor Director


March 22, 2018

Muck Rock News

Re: ISP Freedom of Information Act Request #18-0812

Dear Sir or Madam:

The Illinois State Police has received your request for information
regarding Records related to documentation on products from GrayShift
including purchase Orders, initial bid documents, current and previous
contracts, requests for proposals, memorandums of understanding, privacy
impact assessments, instructional materials, etc. A response to your
request is due 3/23/2018. However, additional time is needed to respond
to your request. In accordance with Section 3 (e) of the Freedom of
Information Act (5 ILCS 140/3 (e)), the response due date is being
extended to 3/30/2018. The basis for this extension is as follows:

_____ The requested records are stored in whole or in part at another

_____ The request requires the collection of a substantial number of

_____ The request is stated in categorical terms which requires an
extensive search for the records requested.

__X__ The requested records have not yet been located and additional time
is needed to complete the search.

__X__ The requested records require examination and evaluation to
determine if the documents are exempt from disclosure and/or must be

__X__ The requested records cannot be provided within the prescribed time
frame without causing an undue burden or interfering with the operation of
the Department.

_____ Consultation is needed with another public body in order to respond
to the request.


Erin Davis
FOIA Office