SEPTA NPT (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority)

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Tracking #

2018-1877

Multi Request SEPTA NPT
Est. Completion Nov. 14, 2018
Status
Awaiting Appeal

Communications

From: < <

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Pennsylvania Right to Know Act, I hereby request the following records:

Any and all records, communications, between SEPTA & PENNDOT management, employees, politicians, vendors and consultants of the KEY System, regarding tracking and keeping tabs on customers utilizing the SEPTA key card, what is said to and discussed with the media, topics that are permitted and ignored, how to handle requests pursuant to these issues, and what individuals were involved in discussing taking away Magnetic fare instruments and paper transfers , giving customers less choice, and when this decision was discussed and voted on with the public's input taken.

Secondly, what state law allows SEPTA to cease accepting PA State Issued Senior & Disabled ID Cards which have no expiration date and SEPTA must continue to accept beyond September 1st; as well as the topic of forced compliance of Key in order to obtain user data without user permission, or means to opt out of data collection. Provide documentation of discussion of directly violating PA State Constitution as well as 4th Amendment and how SEPTA throws caution to the wind regarding this, and plans to tackle it.
Currently, SEPTA is not following the laws regarding transparency and allowing customers to opt out of data collection practices, nor is the Authority being transparent, allowing users to purchase another product that does not track user movements, as all citizens have a right to privacy. Provide any and all documents regarding privacy, tracking, and Key Account, Key ID, and if an account or ID card can be directly traced back to an card holder. Provide documents on explaining why decision was made to take away paper transfers with whose permission decision was made to do so, and what public input guided said decision.

Provide documents specific to the topic of why transfer, or full fare is only displayed on operator side of farebox, but not on the Fare Validator, customer-facing side, where Key Card is tapped.

Discuss and provide extensive documentation and documents about the publicly financed Key back-end system, and when users will be permitted to look at the database, containing their data, as well as opt out of any collection. Provide evidence that an opt-out request actually anonymizes the Key Card and has no means of tracking a user.

Provide documents, emails, conversations explaining reasoning as to why bid documents relevant to project bids, which taxpayers have every right to examine, are now hidden on SEPTA.ORG website.

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.

Sincerely,

T <

From: Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority

According to our database, your RTKL request was submitted via email on Friday, August 31, 2018 (see attached). Therefore, by my calculation the agency response (or invocation of a 30-day extension) would be due within five (5) business days of receipt, which in this case is September 10th.

C. Neil Petersen, Esquire
Deputy General Counsel - Corporate Litigation
SEPTA Open Records Officer
Legal Division-5th Floor
1234 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107-3780

From: Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: < <

All SEPTA communications and documents are subject to legal review. Except in rare circumstances, no SEPTA communications, documents, etc, are subject to be thrown under guise of "confidential information". All SEPTA employees communications, emails, and agency documents are subject to public scrutiny. All of SEPTANOW.org, also, is subject to public scrutiny, as the information dictated to employees far differs the narrative told to news outlets, lawmakers, and the public.

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I represent Septa with regard to your Request. You will receive a response by October 10. Thank you.

Mark E. Gottlieb, Esq.
Offit│Kurman
Attorneys At Law
Ten Penn Center
1801 Market Street
Suite 2300
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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Please see the attached correspondence from Mark Gottlieb in response to your August 31, 2018 RTKL request to SEPTA.

Megan Shannon
Associate Attorney
Offit│Kurman(r)
Attorneys At Law

the perfect legal partner(r)

From: Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority

The request has been rejected by the agency.

From: < <

SEPTA has no legal right to 'reject' this request. All this information requested is not only public information, but paid for with taxpayer dollars.

From: Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority

Thank you for contacting the Office of Open Records. This message serves as confirmation that your appeal or general inquiry has been received. Please retain this confirmation for your records.

NOTE: This email address should only be used for appeal submissions (i.e., appeals of an agency response to a request for records) and general questions. It should not be used to submit a request for records. If you are requesting records, please direct your request to RTK-OOR@pa.gov<mailto:RTK-OOR@pa.gov>.

From: < <

September 2010 to current, is the timeframe sought, seeing as the NPT system has only existed for a few years. SEPTA has been deceitful in hiding effort to its details, as well as describing its functionality pursuant to privacy, and concerns regarding the 4th Amendment of the US Constitution.

From: Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority

Thank you for contacting the Office of Open Records. This message serves as confirmation that your appeal or general inquiry has been received. Please retain this confirmation for your records.

NOTE: This email address should only be used for appeal submissions (i.e., appeals of an agency response to a request for records) and general questions. It should not be used to submit a request for records. If you are requesting records, please direct your request to RTK-OOR@pa.gov<mailto:RTK-OOR@pa.gov>.

From: Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority

Dear Parties,

Please see the attached appeal that has been filed with the Office of Open Records. This matter has been assigned to an Appeals Officer (contact information can be found on page 4 of the attachment).

Please forward all future correspondence directly to the Appeals Officer and all other parties.

Sincerely,

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Michele Kusery-Grant
Administrative Officer
Office of Open Records
333 Market Street, 16th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17101-2234
(717) 346-9903<tel:%28717%29%20346-9903> | https://openrecords.pa.gov<https://openrecords.pa.gov/>
Confidentiality Notice: This electronic communication is privileged and confidential and is intended only for the party to whom it is addressed. If received in error, please return to sender.

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Dear Ms. Zeppos:
SEPTA's submission in response to appeal 2018-1877 is attached.

Sincerely,
Megan Shannon
Associate Attorney
Offit│Kurman(r)
Attorneys At Law

the perfect legal partner(r)

From: Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority

Dear Attorney Shannon:

I write in regard to the above appeal. It is my understanding that SEPTA received the Request on August 31, 2018. Upon review of the record, however, it is unclear as to whether SEPTA sought a 30-day extension of time to respond to the Request. To that end, kindly advise as to whether a 30-day extension was invoked, and, if so, please provide a copy of the extension letter at your earliest convenience. Thank you.

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Magdalene C. Zeppos, Esquire
Appeals Officer
Office of Open Records
333 Market Street, 16th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17101-2234
(717) 346-9903<tel:%28717%29%20346-9903> | mzeppos@pa.gov<mailto:mzeppos@pa.gov>
https://openrecords.pa.gov<https://openrecords.pa.gov/> | @OpenRecordsPA<https://twitter.com/OpenRecordsPA>

Confidentiality Notice: This electronic communication is privileged and confidential and is intended only for the party to whom it is addressed. If received in error, please return to sender.

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Dear Ms. Zeppos:
SEPTA’s September 5, 2018 letter invoking its right to a 30-day extension of time to respond is attached.

Sincerely,
Megan Shannon
Associate Attorney
Offit│Kurman®
Attorneys At Law

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SEPTA may not reject this request, as these documents do not have a "time frame". The NPT/Key system was created 2 1/2 years ago. Based on this, the request seeks all documents pursuant to the subject matter since the NPT/Key system was first discussed, up to, and including changes made since then.

From: Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority

Thank you for contacting the Office of Open Records. This message serves as confirmation that your appeal or general inquiry has been received. Please retain this confirmation for your records.

NOTE: This email address should only be used for appeal submissions (i.e., appeals of an agency response to a request for records) and general questions. It should not be used to submit a request for records. If you are requesting records, please direct your request to RTK-OOR@pa.gov<mailto:RTK-OOR@pa.gov>.

From: Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority

Dear Parties:

Attached, please find the Final Determination issued in the above matter. Thank you.

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Magdalene C. Zeppos, Esquire
Appeals Officer
Office of Open Records
333 Market Street, 16th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17101-2234
(717) 346-9903<tel:%28717%29%20346-9903> | mzeppos@pa.gov<mailto:mzeppos@pa.gov>
https://openrecords.pa.gov<https://openrecords.pa.gov/> | @OpenRecordsPA<https://twitter.com/OpenRecordsPA>

Confidentiality Notice: This electronic communication is privileged and confidential and is intended only for the party to whom it is addressed. If received in error, please return to sender.

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