DOJ Memos on RCS Software

Joseph Cox filed this request with the Department of Justice, Criminal Division of the United States of America.
Tracking # 1373970-000
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From: Joseph Cox

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act.

### Background ###

Several components of the DOJ, including the FBI and the DEA, have purchased software called RCS, or Remote Control System. This software is developed by an Italian company called Hacking Team. Hacking Team's US subsidiary is Cicom USA. Cicom USA sold RCS to the DEA. Please see:

https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/dea-contract-with-hacking-team-spyware-foia

https://www.wired.com/2015/07/fbi-spent-775k-hacking-teams-spy-tools-since-2011/

My request is concerning the legal basis for the use of RCS.

### Request ###

I hereby request the following records:

- All legal memos related to, or concerning, the use or deployment of RCS, from January 1st 2010 to the present. This could include, but is not limited to, deliberation documents or memos approving the use of RCS.

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: CRM FOIA

Dear Mr. Cox,
Please see the attached, which acknowledges receipt of your Freedom of Information Act and/or Privacy Act request. If you have any questions, please contact the FOIA/PA Unit at 202-616-0307 for further assistance.
Thank you,
FOIA/PA Unit
Criminal Division
U.S. Department of Justice

From: Department of Justice, Criminal Division

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: CRM FOIA (CRM)

Dear Mr. Cox,

Please see the attached, which is this Office's status update of your request. If you have any questions, please contact the FOIA/PA Unit at 202-616-0307 for further assistance.

Thank you,

FOIA/PA Unit
Criminal Division
U.S. Department of Justice

From: Department of Justice, Criminal Division

The request has been rejected, with the agency stating that it can neither confirm nor deny the existence of the requested documents.

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