Commerce / Tech / State Encrypt

Joseph Uchill filed this request with the Federal Trade Commission of the United States of America.

It is a clone of this request.

Tracking # FOIA-2015-01499
Status
Completed

Communications

From: Joseph Uchill

To Whom It May Concern:

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

The Washington Post reports "But over the summer, momentum has grown among officials in the commerce, diplomatic, trade and technology agencies for a statement from the president 'strongly disavowing' a legislative mandate and supporting widespread encryption, according to senior officials and documents obtained by The Washington Post." (https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/tech-trade-agencies-push-to-disavow-law-requiring-decryption-of-phones/2015/09/16/1fca5f72-5adf-11e5-b38e-06883aacba64_story.html?postshare=9031442410909976)

I am requesting communications including emails and memoranda and presentations since March of 2015 discussing the debate over encryption backdoors.

A good set of search terms to find these documents would be anything that mixes a term from "list A" below with a term from "list B:"

A: encryption, crypto, encrypt, cryptography, pgp, gpg, AES256
B: Apple, Google, default, backdoor, back door, frontdoor, front door, comey, NSA, FBI, law enforcement, Comey, Clapper, Johnson, intelligence, warrant

I am a reporter with the Christian Science Monitor and believe that these documents, requested in furtherance of a story, should have their fees waived. But 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,

Joseph Uchill

From: Federal Trade Commission

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: Federal Trade Commission

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

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From: Welke, Brian

Mr. Uchill,

We received your follow up email. I am hoping to finalize this request by the end of next week at the latest.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Respectfully,

Brian M. Welke
Attorney, Office of the General Counsel
Federal Trade Commission
600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20580
(202) 326-2897

From: Federal Trade Commission

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Federal Trade Commission

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

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