Google Alerts (Miami Police Department)

Emma Best filed this request with the Miami Police Department of Miami, FL.
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Multi Request Google Alerts
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From: Emma Best

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Florida Sunshine Law, 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

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 10 business days.


Emma Best

From: Miami Police Department

The Miami Police Department acknowledges the below public records request dated 8/1/2020. The City of Miami will make a reasonable effort to determine from other officers or employees within the City whether such records exist and, if so, the location at which the record can be accessed or copied or if any exemptions apply. You will be notified accordingly.

You can monitor the progress of your request under "My Requests". Again, thank you for using the Open Records Center.

From: Miami Police Department

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Good morning. The following is an update on the request you submitted to the Miami Police Dept.: The search yielded a total of 66,232 e-mails (which may include duplicate e-mails or non-responsive e-mails to the exact request). Due to the voluminous nature of these e-mails we will need to charge a special service charge for the review and possible redactions of the e-mails prior to release to ensure compliance with Chapter 119, Florida Statutes, as amended.
Currently the rate to fulfill these requests is estimated at three (3) emails per minute. Accordingly, we estimate it will take 367.9 hours, at a rate of $29.76 to complete the review and fulfill the request. Thus, the estimated costs to produce is $10,948.70. Please be advised that this is an estimate and the cost is subject to change, as it may take less or more time to complete the review. Accordingly, we request a fifty (50%) percent deposit in the amount of $5,474.35 to begin review of the search results. Upon receiving the deposit, we will begin reviewing the results yielded from the IT Search. Please note that if the deposit is not remitted within thirty (30) calendar days, the request will be considered withdrawn and closed accordingly. If you wish to proceed, the Records Custodian will generate an invoice for you. Otherwise, the request will be closed.


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