Contracts and Policies Regarding IMSI Catchers

Curtis Waltman filed this request with the Office of the Attorney General - Louisiana of Louisiana.
Tracking # 16-0152
Status
Rejected

Communications

From: Curtis Waltman

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the the Louisiana Public Records Act, 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 3 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Curtis Waltman

From: Dirmann, Shannon

Dear Mr. Waltman:

This email is an acknowledgement of your public records request dated November 22, 2016 regarding the following records:

* Documents concerning IMSI catchers or any of the following words: "Stingray", "cell site simulator", or "dirtbox," including:

o Contracts with the Harris Corporation regarding the acquisition of their Stingray or KingFish IMSI catchers;

o Department policies and procedure regarding the use of IMSI catcher technology;

o policies and procedures on the keeping of statistics about the Department's use and acquisition of IMSI catchers.

Your request has been assigned tracking number 16-0152. Our office is in the process of determining what, if any, records are subject to this request and, if so, whether any privileges or exemptions apply. This may take some time. You will be notified within 30 days as to whether records have been located that are responsive and approximately when they will be ready for review.

If our office can be of any further assistance, please let us know.

Sincerely,

Shannon Dirmann
Assistant Attorney General
Louisiana Department of Justice
P.O. Box 94005
Baton Rouge, LA 70804
Phone: (225) 326-6026
Fax: (225) 326-6098
dirmanns@ag.state.la.us<mailto:dirmanns@ag.state.la.us>

The information contained in this transmission may contain privileged and confidential information. It is intended only for the use of the person(s) named above. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any review, dissemination, distribution or duplication of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please contact the sender by reply e-mail and destroy all copies of the original message. To reply to our e-mail administrator directly, please send an e-mail to postmaster@ag.state.la.us.

From: Dirmann, Shannon

Mr. Waltman,

Thank you for submitting a public records request to the Louisiana Department of Justice. You asked for 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.
After a diligent search and in consultation with the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation, it has been determined that any documents which pertain to these terms are investigative in nature. Release of this information would expose investigative techniques and security procedures, making these records subject to the exemption in La. R.S. 44:3(A)(3) and excepted from disclosure. The statute reads in pertinent part:

Nothing in this Chapter shall be construed to require disclosures of records, or the information contained therein, held by the offices of the attorney general, district attorneys, sheriffs, police departments... which records are: ... Records containing security procedures, investigative training information or aids, investigative techniques, investigative technical equipment or instructions on the use thereof..."

The records you seek contain security procedures and investigative techniques of the Attorney General. Accordingly, it is this office's position that the records requested are exempt, and we must respectfully decline to produce any responsive records at this time. I am happy to work with you on a new public records request, should you seek documents that are not exempted from disclosure.

Thank you,
[cid:image001.png@01D2344B.E653D150]

Shannon Dirmann
Assistant Attorney General, Civil Division
Office of Attorney General Jeff Landry
Phone: (225) 326-6026 Fax: (225) 326-6096
www.AGJeffLandry.com<http://www.AGJeffLandry.com>

The information contained in this transmission may contain privileged and confidential information. It is intended only for the use of the person(s) named above. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any review, dissemination, distribution or duplication of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please contact the sender by reply e-mail and destroy all copies of the original message. To reply to our e-mail administrator directly, please send an e-mail to postmaster@ag.state.la.us.

Files