Internet Filtering and "Sensitive" Materials - Seattle Police Dept

Bernard Rodriguez filed this request with the Seattle Police Department of Seattle, WA.
Due April 8, 2016
Est. Completion None
Awaiting Response



Mr. Rodriguez,

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From: Bernard Rodriguez

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to RCW Ch. 42.56 (Public Records Act), I hereby request the following records:

1) Full copies of “Internet Logs” as described and defined in Seattle Police Manual Section 12.110 D1 “Use of Department E-mail & Internet Systems”- from the date of Jan 1, 2014 through the date of this request.


From the site: “Internet Logs: Units shall maintain a log to document access, or attempts to access a website that contains sensitive content as described in section D4 below. This log must be retained at the unit level for current year plus one.”

2) any records related to Internet filtering, including but not limited to:

a) any current contracts with Internet filtering services and/or providers
b) any current categories of content or keywords which the provider offers to block, along with which categories and keywords the Department blocks
c) any modifications to the standard configuration of your filter, including lists of sites, services, URLs, keywords, or other identifiers which have been specifically configured as forbidden or allowed (i.e. "blacklists/whitelists")
d) A list of sites/urls which have been “blocked", “black-listed” and/or designated “sensitive”.

3) Copies of notifications, requests to access, and logs of visits to “senstive content” as described in the Seattle Police Manual:

“Supervisor Approval: Employees shall obtain approval from an immediate supervisor before accessing "sensitive sites." The supervisor will e-mail DoIT_Help or call the DoIT Help Desk at 386-4011 to request an exception to the web filtering protocols. This request and approval by the supervisor will be documented on the internet log specified in section D1 above.”

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.


Bernard Rodriguez


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