Google Alerts (Maine State Police)

Emma Best filed this request with the Maine State Police of Maine.
Multi Request Google Alerts
Est. Completion None
Status
Fix Required

Communications

From: Emma Best


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Maine Freedom of Access Act, I hereby request the following records:

A. Copies of emailed Google Alert subscription confirmations received between January 1, 2016 and the date of the processing of this request.

B. Copies of all emailed Google Alerts received between January 1, 2016 and the date of the processing of this request. Google Alerts may be identified by any or all of the following:

1. Containing the phrase "Google Alert" in the Subject line
2. Being sent by an email address with the display name "Google Alerts"
3. Being sent from the email address googlealerts-noreply@google.com

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.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by 1 M.R.S.A. § 408(6). The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

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.

Sincerely,

Emma Best

From: Maine State Police

Dear Ms. Best:

This email is sent to acknowledge receipt of your FOAA request below.

Because the Maine State Police has more than 300 employees, at your convenience would you please clarify which individuals at our agency you would like to search for responsive records? For example, anyone who holds a rank of Sergeant and above? Lieutenant and above? Major and above?

Thank you in advance.

Respectfully, C

Chris

CHRISTOPHER PARR
STAFF ATTORNEY | MAINE STATE POLICE

This e-mail, and any attachments thereto, may contain or constitute information that is confidential by law, that is work product, and/or that is protected by one or more recognized privileges. IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE RECEIVED THIS E-MAIL IN ERROR, PLEASE CONTACT me WITH A REPLY E-MAIL at the earliest convenience. Thank you.

From: Emma Best

Sergeant and above is fine, thank you.

From: Maine State Police

Thank you.

Given the broad timeframe and the scope of your request, I anticipate the fee to process your request might exceed $30.

Accordingly, per 1 M.R.S.A. § 408-A, please let me know if you would like our agency to proceed with the processing of the request.

Thank you.

Respectfully, C

Chris

CHRISTOPHER PARR
STAFF ATTORNEY | MAINE STATE POLICE

This e-mail, and any attachments thereto, may contain or constitute information that is confidential by law, that is work product, and/or that is protected by one or more recognized privileges. IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE RECEIVED THIS E-MAIL IN ERROR, PLEASE CONTACT me WITH A REPLY E-MAIL at the earliest convenience. Thank you.

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