|Submitted||June 25, 2020|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Louisiana Public Records Law, I hereby request the following records:
1. Documents mentioning, describing or generated in response to the BlueLeaks release, the preceding hack or subsequent fallout, including but not limited to:
* Damage assessments
* Interagency communications (local, state, or federal)
* Communications with the press about BlueLeaks
* Communications with Twitter or other social media or sharing platforms
2. Documents mentioning or describing Distributed Denial of Secrets (DDoSecrets)
You may limit this request to records generated between November 1, 2018 and the present.
I am a member of the news media and request classification as such. I have previously written about the government and its activities, with some reaching over 100,000 readers in outlets such as Gizmodo, MuckRock, Motherboard, Property of the People, Unicorn Riot, and The Outline, among others. As such, as I have a reasonable expectation of publication and my editorial and writing skills are well established. In addition, I discuss and comment on the files online and make them available through non-profits such as the library Internet Archive and the journalist non-profit MuckRock, disseminating them to a large audience. While my research is not limited to this, a great deal of it, including this, focuses on the activities and attitudes of the government itself. As such, it is not necessary for me to demonstrate the relevance of this particular subject in advance.
As my primary purpose is to inform about government activities by reporting on it and making the raw data available, I request that fees be waived.
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 3 business days, as the statute requires.
To Whom It May Concern:
I wanted to follow up on the following Louisiana Public Records Law request, copied below, and originally submitted on June 25, 2020. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response.
Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.
I am in receipt of your August 14, 2020 public records request, as referenced above and below.
Please be advised that we have begun the process of searching for documents responsive to your request.
Even though the search is ongoing, and documents of the agency are generally considered public records, the agency will avail itself of any statutory provision which either exempts or prohibits production of documents responsive to your request. These exemptions specifically include, but are not limited to, those contained in La. R.S. 44:3 and La. R.S. 44:4. The agency will also not release information which may be exempt from release due to an individual's right to privacy.
In accordance with La. R.S. 44:35(A), you are hereby notified that the estimated time reasonably necessary for collection, review, and any necessary redaction, of the documents which may be responsive to your request is thirty (30) days.
Once the responsive documents are ready for your review, you will be notified in order to arrange a date and time to view the documents. Based on your geographic location, you may prefer to receive copies of the documents and as such, you will be notified of the cost associated with copying them.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at (225) 925-6177 or via email at email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Adrienne E. Aucoin
DPS/Office of Legal Affairs
P.O. Box 66614
Baton Rouge, LA 70896
Office Cell: 225.252.9444
Please see attached for the response to your public records request regarding the above mentioned matter. If you should have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our office.
Paralegal 1, Office of Legal Affairs
Department of Public Safety