Social Media Monitoring policies (Pennsylvania State Police)

Emma Best filed this request with the Pennsylvania State Police of Pennsylvania.

It is a clone of this request.

Due July 13, 2018
Est. Completion None
Awaiting Response


From: Emma Best

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Copies of your Agency's social media monitoring policies and guidelines, as well as any assessments of its privacy or legal implications.

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. 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 Internet Archive and 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.

As my primary purpose is to inform about government activities by reporting on it and making the raw data available, I request that fees be waived.

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: Pennsylvania State Police

Good afternoon Ms. Best,

Please see below the correct forwarded request I am responding to.

With the amount of requests we have coming through our office daily, it seems as though this request was inadvertently overlooked and subsequently, did not begin processing on July 9, 2018. With that being said, we received your status check pertaining to your request and have begun processing this request with the received date of August 7, 2018.

Per our usual Right to Know Law process, an initial response is due within 7 days of the start of processing, and a final response 30 days from the date of the initial response. Your request has been assigned PSP Reference Number 2018-0709 and has an initial response due by August 14, 2018. Your final response has a due date of September 13, 2018. However, members of our Right to Know Law Unit are working to make sure your request is processed as accurately and efficiently as possible.

If you have any questions regarding your specific request or the Right to Know Law in general, do not hesitate to contact our Right to Know Law Unit Toll Free at 1-877-785-7771.

Thank you and have a wonderful day,