FinFisher (Department of Homeland Security)

Curtis Waltman filed this request with the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America.
Due Jan. 30, 2017
Est. Completion None
Awaiting Response


From: Curtis Waltman

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Documents on the following:
-Any contracts, purchase orders, or other financial documentation produced from the acquisition of FinFisher (also known as FinSpy) made by Lench IT solutions PLC
-Policies governing the use of FinFisher
-Any available documentation about when and how FinFisher is used
-Documentation about any oversight of the use of FinFisher

FinFisher is an electronic surveillance tool used to remotely monitor suspects phones. The following article by Citizen Lab lists the United States as operating FinFisher technology.

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.


Curtis Waltman

From: FOIA

Good Morning,

This request was transferred to the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) on January 3, 2017. Please contact them directly for the statues of your request. Their contact information is below.

National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD)
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Washington, D.C. 20528
FOIA Officer: Toni Fuentes
Phone: 703-235-2211
Fax: 703-235-2052


The Privacy Office
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
245 Murray Lane SW
Washington, D.C. 20528-0655
Phone: 202-343-1743 or 866-431-0486
Fax: 202-343-4011

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Re: 2017-NPFO-00440

Dear Mr. Waltman:

This acknowledges receipt of your Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act (FOIA/PA) request to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), dated December 29, 2016, seeking records concerning FinFisher. Your perfected request was received in the DHS Privacy Office on January 3, 2017, and transferred to DHS' National Protection and Programs Directorate on the same date for direct response to you. We apologize for the delay in our response.

Due to the increasing number of FOIA requests received by this office, we may encounter some delay in processing your request. Per Section 5.5(a) of the DHS FOIA regulations, 6 C.F.R. Part 5, the Department processes FOIA requests according to their order of receipt. Although DHS' goal is to respond within 20 business days of receipt of your request, the FOIA does permit a 10-day extension of this time period. We will make every effort to comply with your request in a timely manner.

Provisions of the Act allow us to recover part of the cost of complying with your request. We shall charge you for records in accordance with the DHS Interim FOIA regulations as they apply to non-commercial requestors. As a non-commercial requestor you will be charged 10- cents a page for duplication, although the first 100 pages are free, as are the first two hours of search time, after which you will pay the per quarter-hour rate ($4.00, $7.00, $10.25) of the searcher. We will construe the submission of your request as an agreement to pay up to $25.00. You will be contacted before any further fees are accrued.

We have queried the appropriate component of DHS for responsive records. If any responsive records are located, they will be reviewed for determination of releasability. Please be assured that one of the processors in our office will respond to your request as expeditiously as possible. We appreciate your patience as we proceed with your request.

Your request has been assigned reference number 2017-NPFO-00440. Please refer to this identifier in any future correspondence. You may contact this office at 703-235-2211.


National Protection and Programs Directorate
U.S. Department of Homeland Security