Michigan State Police Social Media Monitoring

Waqas filed this request with the Michigan State Police of Michigan.
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From: Waqas Mirza

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Michigan's Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA"), I hereby request the following records:

All documents related to the monitoring of social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) by Michigan State Police, especially its Intelligence Operations Center, including training documents, reports, assessments, etc.

All documents related to the purchase or acquisition of, subscription to, or agreements concerning software designed to access information from social media accounts.

According to a statement by Michigan State Police spokesperson Shanon Banner to MLive and e-mails released by Governor Snyder's office, the Michigan State Police actively monitors social media accounts. See for example: http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2016/04/flint_water_crisis_online_stat.html.

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 5 business days, as the statute requires.


Waqas Mirza


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Thank you.

From: Michigan State Police

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: Goodwin, Bethany (MSP)

The Department of State Police has received your FOIA request and we are currently in the process of gathering all responsive documents. Could someone please call me at 517-284-3131 to discuss this request.

Thanks in Advance,

Bethany Goodwin
Asst. Freedom of Information Coordinator
Freedom of Information Unit
Office of the Director
Michigan State Police


From: Waqas Mirza


I wish to withdraw this request. I will send a new request in order to narrow the scope of the search. Thank you,

Waqas Mirza.