High Tech Crime Consortium ListServ (Kings County District Attorney's Office)

Emma North-Best filed this request with the Kings County District Attorney's Office of New York.
Multi Request High Tech Crime Consortium ListServ
Due Aug. 14, 2020
Est. Completion None
Awaiting Response


From: Emma North-Best

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the New York Freedom of Information Law, I hereby request the following records:

Copies of emails sent to, from, or through the High Tech Crime Consortium ListServ. The emails may be identified by having one or more of the following:

* A sender with a display name of either "High Tech Crime Consortium Listserv" or "High Tech Crime Consortium"
* A subject containing either "HTCC" or "[HTCC]"
* Sent to or from an email address containing "htcc" or hightechcrimecops.org

You may limit this request to records generated between April 1, 1998 and the date of the processing of this request.

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.

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.


Emma Best

From: Kings County District Attorney's Office

Dear Ms. Best,

I am writing to acknowledge receipt of your August 8, 2020 email, in which you seek records and/or data pursuant to New York Public Officers Law, Article 6, sections 84 et seq., the Freedom of Information Law ("FOIL").

Please be advised that your request is being processed and a search for responsive records has commenced. Based upon an initial review of your request, and an estimate of what is required to complete it, this agency has determined that it will be unable to respond to your request in full within the next twenty (20) business days. The reasons we cannot process your request within the next twenty (20) business days include: the volume of the requests we received prior to yours, the work needed to process said requests, and, most significantly, the fact that this Office is operating with a skeleton crew due to the ongoing global pandemic, during which time our Information Technology Department (the unit charged with maintaining our Databases) is actively engaged in keeping our systems secure and running while the majority of our of our staff, including our FOIL Records Access Officers, are working remotely from home. It is noted that this agency processes requests in the order in which they are received.

For these reasons, you can expect a determination on or about February 8, 2021. In the determination any statutorily authorized fees incurred in processing your request will be listed. These fees must be paid before this agency will release any records. Pub Off. L. ยง 87(1)(b)(iii).

If you do not receive a determination by that the date set forth above, please do not hesitate to contact us. Alternatively, you may appeal a "constructive denial" upon the expiration of that date by writing to: George B. Forbes, Esq., FOIL Appeals Officer, Kings County District Attorney's Office, 350 Jay Street, 20th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201. ADA Forbes is copied on this email

Douglas O'Connell
Paralegal Supervisor
FOIL Records Access Officer
(718) 250-4742


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