ALPR privacy analysis documents (OCPL)

Shawn Musgrave filed this request with the Department of Justice, Office of Information Policy of the United States of America.

It is a clone of this request.

Tracking # DAG/16-00096
Due Oct. 8, 2015
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

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From: Shawn Musgrave

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

-All privacy impact assessments submitted by any Justice Department component, division or unit for automatic license plate recognition (ALPR), license plate reader (LPR) or similar devices that use high-speed cameras to read passing license plates for comparison against a list of target plates and/or to capture geolocation data for passing plates at a given date and time.
-All materials submitted as part of the Initial Privacy Assessment process for the above devices, as well as the OPCL determination regarding the need for a PIA
-All supporting documentation submitted along with the above PIA(s), particularly the separate application(s) for proposed redactions required to be submitted under the 2012 OPCL PIA guidance.

Given that this FOIA is submitted in my capacity as a journalist who has covered the Department of Justice and law enforcement extensively, I request that I be categorized as a media requester for the purpose of fees. Here is a selection of my published articles on MuckRock:

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2015/apr/06/round-rock-facebook/

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/02/05/nypd-social-media-policy-allows-catfishing-with-the-proper-paperwork.html

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2014/feb/18/dhs-vancouver-olympics-social-media/

I have also been published in a number of national media outlets on topics including technology used by law enforcement agencies:

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2015/mar/03/us-marshals-service-conceal-key-details-millions-s/

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2015/feb/27/while-dodging-direct-question-fbi-commits-obama-st/

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2015/feb/27/while-dodging-direct-question-fbi-commits-obama-st/

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2015/feb/12/fbi-and-justice-department-cant-find-drone-privacy/

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2015/jan/22/air-force-knows-how-many-mq-9-drones-it-wants-cant/

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2015/jan/12/how-843-lbs-seized-pot-lead-customs-and-border-pro/

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/the-us-spent-360-million-on-border-drones-thanks-to-this-flimsy-report

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/the-air-force-says-it-needs-precisely-52-new-reaper-drones-cant-explain-why

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/do-the-fbis-drones-invade-your-privacy-sorry-thats-private

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2013/04/08/big-brother-better-police-work-new-technology-automatically-runs-license-plates-everyone/1qoAoFfgp31UnXZT2CsFSK/story.html

www.betaboston.com/news/2014/03/05/a-vast-hidden-surveillance-network-runs-across-america-powered-by-the-repo-industry/

https://www.themarshallproject.org/2014/12/03/the-pentagon-finally-details-its-weapons-for-cops-giveaway

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/do-the-fbis-drones-invade-your-privacy-sorry-thats-private

https://news.vice.com/article/fbi-agent-who-killed-boston-bombing-suspects-friend-was-twice-accused-of-police-brutality

As the requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com and pertains to a matter of considerable public interest, I further request a full waiver of all fees.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, 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 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Shawn Musgrave

From: Podolskiy, Aleksandr V. (OIP)

Mr. Musgrave,

Please see the attached letter.

Thank you,

Aleksandr V. Podolskiy
Attorney-Advisor
Office of Information Policy
Department of Justice
Phone: 202-514-3642
Fax: 202-514-1009

From: Podolskiy, Aleksandr V. (OIP)

Mr. Musgrave

Please be advised that we are still searching for responsive records. We estimate that it will take approximately two months to process your FOIA requests. This is a preliminary estimate at this time that will likely be modified as our searching is completed, and the volume and complexity of the material is evaluated. We will be able to provide a more accurate estimate once our searches have been completed and we have conducted an initial review of the responsive material.

Thank you,

Aleksandr V. Podolskiy
Attorney-Advisor
Office of Information Policy
Department of Justice
Phone: 202-514-3642
Fax: 202-514-1009

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