|Submitted||Sept. 22, 2015|
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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.
An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.
An interim response, stating the request is being processed.
To Whom It May Concern:
I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Sept. 22, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #FOIA-2015-01499.
Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.
This message confirms your FOIA correspondence was received by FOIA@FTC.GOV<mailto:FOIA@FTC.GOV>
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.
Brian M. Welke
Attorney, Office of the General Counsel
Federal Trade Commission
600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20580
A copy of documents responsive to the request.
A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.