|Submitted||July 16, 2019|
|Due||July 23, 2019|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the New York Freedom of Information Law, I hereby request the following records:
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is conducting raids in several cities, including New York. (https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/14/politics/ice-raids-undocumented-immigrants/index.html) Authorities are reportedly using a Palantir app called FALCON to assist in these raids (https://www.wnyc.org/story/palantir-directly-powers-ice-workplace-raids-emails-show/).
Therefore, I hereby request the following records from ICE's New York Field Office:
- All emails from ICE's New York Field Office from January 1, 2017 to present that mention Palantir's "FALCON" mobile app.
- All instructional materials, presentations and presentation materials (including recorded video and audio, PowerPoint files, prepared remarks, and slides formats), and other guidance materials on the use of Palantir's "FALCON" mobile app from ICE's New York Field Office.
- A copy of any use policies, standard operating procedures, data retention policies, legal opinions, warranties, non-disclosure agreements, liability waivers, insurance agreements, Memorandums of Understanding, or informal agreements owned by ICE's New York Field Office that reference Palantir's "FALCON" mobile app or otherwise guide its use.
The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes. It will be used in the course of reporting for Motherboard, VICE’s science and technology website (www.motherboard.vice.com).
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.
August 05, 2019 Caroline Haskins MuckRock Dept MR 77386 411A Highland Ave Somerville, MA 02144
RE: ICE FOIA Case Number 2019-ICFO-50515 Dear Ms. Haskins: This acknowledges receipt of your July 23, 2019, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), for all of the following records from ICE's New York Field Office:- All emails from ICE's New York Field Office from January 1, 2017 to present that mention Palantir's "FALCON" mobile app.- All instructional materials, presentations and presentation materials (including recorded video and audio, PowerPoint files, prepared remarks, and slides formats), and other guidance materials on the use of Palantir's "FALCON" mobile app from ICE's New York Field Office.- A copy of any use policies, standard operating procedures, data retention policies, legal opinions, warranties, non-disclosure agreements, liability waivers, insurance agreements, Memorandums of Understanding, or informal agreements owned by ICE's New York Field Office that reference Palantir's "FALCON" mobile app or otherwise guide its use..
Your request was received in this office on July 23, 2019. Due to the increasing number of FOIA requests received by this office, we may encounter some delay in processing your request. Per Section 5.5(a) of the DHS FOIA regulations, 6 C.F.R. Part 5, ICE processes FOIA requests according to their order of receipt. Although ICE’s goal is to respond within 20 business days of receipt of your request, the FOIA does permit a 10- day extension of this time period. As your request seeks numerous documents that will necessitate a thorough and wide-ranging search, ICE will invoke a 10-day extension for your request, as allowed by Title 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(6)(B). If you care to narrow the scope of your request, please contact our office. We will make every effort to comply with your request in a timely manner.
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