Commerce / Tech / State Encrypt (U.S. International Trade Commission)

Joseph Uchill filed this request with the U.S. International Trade Commission of the United States of America.
Tracking # 15-30
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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

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 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

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Good afternoon.

We received your fax request on September 22, 2015.

It has been assigned FOIA 15-30

A response will be given within the 20 day statutory period allowed under FOIA.

If questions, please let us know also please acknowledge receipt of this request as soon as you can.

Jacqueline N. Gross, FOIA Liaison
Hearings and Information Division
Office of the Secretary
500 E Street SW
Washington, DC 20436
202-205-1816
Jackie.gross@usitc.gov<mailto:Jackie.gross@usitc.gov>

From: Joseph Uchill

This is to acknowledge receipt of the FOIA receipt confirmation from FOIA 15-30. Thanks for the quick response!

Best,
Joe Uchill

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Good afternoon.

Can you please tell me if this is an individual request or on behalf of a company?

What is the company? You state it Is not on behalf of muckrock but sending through it can you clarify?
Thanks

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Also, if we can’t e-mail the request what address should we use?

Also, you did not properly request a fee waiver request i.e. “if a fee waiver cannot we waived “ is not acceptable language.

From: Joseph Uchill

Hi.
Apologies about the wording in both of the above issues you mentioned. I'm rereading it now, and I too would be confused.

I am a reporter for the Christian Science Monitor. I would be using these documents in the furtherance of a story, and would include relevant documents to illustrate the story.

I would like to request a fee waiver.

Muck Rock is a service to help people fill out and keep track of FOIAs. One of the ways they help is by knowing the preferred method of contact for nearly all federal agencies FOIA officers, and automatically directing FOIAs to the right place. So, while a FOIA might come from a MuckRock fax machine or email account, it's by my sending it. And by sending documents back to MuckRock through the email they provide helps share responsive documents with the public -- they archive such documents, and help embed them into web pages.

If email is not an option the best place to send documents would be to my home:
46 Malia Ter,
Newton MA
02467

Hpe that cleared a thing or two up,
Joe Uchill

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Yes. Thanks

We will let you know if your fee waiver will be granted.

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Good afternoon Mr. Uchill.

I was looking through the directory below and I didn’t see your name can you verify you are a report for the Christian Science Monitor in some other way? Need to verify for fee category reasons i.e. you falling under news media.

Thanks Jackie

http://www.csmonitor.com/About/Contact#StaffDirectory

From: Joseph Uchill

I understand completely. I work for the Passcode section on cybersecurity, and it doesn't look like they've put any of us in the main masthead yet. We're new.

But if you look on the author's list on the main page (on the right, http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Passcode) you'll see me three down. And here's my bio on the site, complete with photograph I'm not very fond of: http://www.csmonitor.com/About/People/Joe-Uchill

If you'd like, I can have my editor get in touch, or send you links to some recent articles.

Best,
Joe Uchill

From: U.S. International Trade Commission

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

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Mr. Uchill we have to send you an extension letter.

We will be sending it by e-mail and mail again are we using your home address or the muckrock address?

From: Joseph Uchill

Use the muckrock address.

Best,
Joe Uchill

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Ok. That’s what we have on the letter.
Thanks

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From: U.S. International Trade Commission

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

From: U.S. International Trade Commission

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

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