Social Media Surveillance survey (Montana Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation)

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Montana Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation of Montana.
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From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Montana Public Records Act, Article II, § 9, I hereby request the following records:

Any and all contracts (as well as all associated amendments, exhibits, and materials), memorandums of understanding, and other equivalent agreements entered into by this agency with or any other social media surveillance software or equipment company, including but not limited to:

• BrightPlanet
• Geofeedia
• Intrado Inc.
• LifeRaft
• Magnet Forensics
• Media Sonar
• Signal Corporation
• ZeroFOX

Responsive materials should include but not be limited to:

• the initial Invitation to Bid, Request for Proposal, or equivalent call for contractors
• the responsive materials provided by the winning bidder
• other bidder responses
• the current contract
• all exhibits
• all amendments
• all performance work statements
• all deliverables inventories
• all invoices related to the deliverance of software, services, or goods

Please also include:

• all policies related to the acquisition and use of social media and surveillance software by individual officers and representatives of this agency
• all materials related to the use of any other social media platform, including but not limited to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Nextdoor, etc.

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 would request your response within ten (10) business days.


Beryl Lipton

From: Sell, Eric

Hi Beryl,

Just following up with a pending records request that you submitted with the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation.

Here is the cost estimate to process your records request.

MATIC supervisor 20 hours at $28.00 per hour $560.00
Fiscal Tech 10 hours at $14.92 per hour $149.20
Legal Review of Estimated 100 documents ($61.22 x5 hours) $310.00

Total: $1,019.20

If you would like us to move forward with the request, you can mail a check to:

Montana Department of Justice
215 N Sanders St
Helena, MT 59601

Once we receive the check, we will process your request.

Please let me know if you have any questions, and/or if you plan on sending a check so I can watch out for it.
Eric Sell
Director of Communications
Montana Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General
(D) 406-444-2031 |<>
(C) 406-459-9746 |@AGTimFox<>


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