Customs and Border Protection Device Search Reports and Logs from JFK Airport

Joseph Cox filed this request with the United States Customs and Border Protection of the United States of America.
Tracking # CBP-2017-030759
Status
Rejected

Communications

From: Joseph Cox

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act.

### Background ###

US agencies often make use of forensics technology to analyze and search devices, such as computers and mobile phones.

### Request ###

I hereby request the following records:

- All incident reports and logs relating to computer or phone searches at John F. Kennedy International airport, from January 1st 2013 to the date of this request.

I would prefer the data to be presented in a computer-readable format, such as a .csv or .xls file.

In order to help to determine my status to assess fees, you should know that I am a journalist writing for Motherboard, VICE's technology and science site, and that this request is being made as part of news gathering.

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 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Joseph Cox

From: CBPFOIA@cbp.dhs.gov

This message is to confirm your request submission to the FOIAonline application: View Request. Request information is as follows: (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov:443/foia/action/public/view/request?objectId=090004d28116825b)
* Tracking Number: CBP-2017-030759
* Requester Name: Joseph Cox
* Date Submitted: 02/14/2017
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description: Requests access to incident reports and logs relating to computer or phone searches at John F. Kennedy International Airport from 01/01/2013 to date of this request.

From: CBPFOIA@cbp.dhs.gov

The FOIA request CBP-2017-030759 has had its Tracking Number changed to CBP-OFO-2017-030759. This is normally due to the request being transferred to another agency (for example, EPA to Dept. of Commerce) or to a sub-agency to process it. Additional details for this request are as follows:
* Old Tracking Number: CBP-2017-030759
* New Tracking Number: CBP-OFO-2017-030759
* Requester Name: Joseph Cox
* Date Submitted: 02/14/2017
* Long Description: Requests access to incident reports and logs relating to computer or phone searches at John F. Kennedy International Airport from 01/01/2013 to date of this request.

From: CBPFOIA@cbp.dhs.gov

The FOIA request CBP-OFO-2017-030759 has had its Tracking Number changed to CBP-2017-030759. This is normally due to the request being transferred to another agency (for example, EPA to Dept. of Commerce) or to a sub-agency to process it. Additional details for this request are as follows:
* Old Tracking Number: CBP-OFO-2017-030759
* New Tracking Number: CBP-2017-030759
* Requester Name: Joseph Cox
* Date Submitted: 02/14/2017
* Long Description: Requests access to incident reports and logs relating to computer or phone searches at John F. Kennedy International Airport from 01/01/2013 to date of this request.

From: CBPFOIA@cbp.dhs.gov

Pursuant to 6 C.F.R. Part 5 § 5.3(b) of the DHS FOIA regulations, you must describe the records you are seeking with as much information as possible to ensure that our search of appropriate systems of records can find them with a reasonable amount of effort. Your FOIA request has been closed as insufficient for the following reason:
·       Did not include a clear and detailed description of the records being requested. Please be advised that the FOIA does not require federal agencies to answer inquiries or create records in response to a FOIA request, but rather is limited to requiring agencies to provide access to reasonably described, nonexempt records.   As you have failed to reasonably describe the records you are seeking, your request is not a perfected request, and we are unable to initiate a search for responsive records.
Please resubmit your FOIA request, along with the required information, by logging into your existing FOIAonline account or go to https://foiaonline.regulations.gov to create an account.

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