FOIA - CDC - Palantir

J Ader filed this request with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the United States of America.
Due April 21, 2020
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From: J Ader

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

All documents pertaining to Palantir from January 1, 2012 to the date of this request (March 17th, 2020). This should include - but is not limited to - the following:

- Any bids, quotes, purchase orders, and/or RFPs for Palantir's products and/or services
- Any MOUs for Palantir's products and/or services
- Any internal briefs and/or memos referencing Palantir's products and/or services
- Any use guides, FAQs, and/or manuals for Palantir's products and/or services
- Any documents highlighting internal use cases for Palantir's products and/or services
- Any use policies and/or data retention polices for Palantir's products and/or services
- Any emails from any CDC employee sent/received to/from anyone with a "@palantir.com" email address

I am very confident of the existence of records responsive to this request based on the following segment from a recent news article: https://www.wsj.com/articles/to-track-virus-governments-weigh-surveillance-tools-that-push-privacy-limits-11584479841 (full archived article: https://archive.is/Pd6wW)

Excerpt: "Technology giant Palantir Inc., which was credited with helping to find Osama bin Laden, is helping the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention model the virus outbreak.
...
Palantir is working with the CDC on data collection and data integration related to disease tracking, according to a person familiar with the company.."

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,

J Ader

From: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

March 27, 2020

Request Number: 20-01032-FOIA

Dear Ader: This is regarding your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request of March 25, 2020, for To Whom It May Concern:Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:All documents pertaining to Palantir from January 1, 2012 to the date of this request (March 17th, 2020). This should include - but is not limited to - the following:- Any bids, quotes, purchase orders, and/or RFPs for Palantir's products and/or services- Any MOUs for Palantir's products and/or services- Any internal briefs and/or memos referencing Palantir's products and/or services- Any use guides, FAQs, and/or manuals for Palantir's products and/or services- Any documents highlighting internal use cases for Palantir's products and/or services- Any use policies and/or data retention polices for Palantir's products and/or services- Any emails from any CDC employee sent/received to/from anyone with a "@palantir.com" email addressI am very confident of the existence of records responsive to this request based on the following segment from a recent news article: https://www.wsj.com/articles/to-track-virus-governments-weigh-surveillance-tools-that-push-privacy-limits-11584479841 (full archived article: https://archive.is/Pd6wW)Excerpt: "Technology giant Palantir Inc., which was credited with helping to find Osama bin Laden, is helping the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention model the virus outbreak....Palantir is working with the CDC on data collection and data integration related to disease tracking, according to a person familiar with the company.."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. [COVID-19]Sincerely,k7J Ader.

Please see the attached letter.

Sincerely,
CDC/ATSDR FOIA Office
770-488-6399

From: J Ader

Mr. Andoh,

If it would help, I am willing to narrow my desired time range to the following:

any of the aforementioned documents created from February 10th, 2020 to March 17th, 2020.

Will this suffice?

Regards,
- J. Ader

From: J Ader

Mr. Andoh,

Wanted to follow up with you on my new narrowed time-frame. I would like to continue with this request with the adjustment. Please let me know if you need any further information from my end.

Regards,
- J. Ader

From: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

April 27, 2020

Request Number: 20-01032-FOIA

Dear Ader: This is regarding your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request of March 25, 2020, for To Whom It May Concern:Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:All documents pertaining to Palantir from January 1, 2012 to the date of this request (March 17th, 2020). This should include - but is not limited to - the following:- Any bids, quotes, purchase orders, and/or RFPs for Palantir's products and/or services- Any MOUs for Palantir's products and/or services- Any internal briefs and/or memos referencing Palantir's products and/or services- Any use guides, FAQs, and/or manuals for Palantir's products and/or services- Any documents highlighting internal use cases for Palantir's products and/or services- Any use policies and/or data retention polices for Palantir's products and/or services- Any emails from any CDC employee sent/received to/from anyone with a "@palantir.com" email addressI am very confident of the existence of records responsive to this request based on the following segment from a recent news article: https://www.wsj.com/articles/to-track-virus-governments-weigh-surveillance-tools-that-push-privacy-limits-11584479841 (full archived article: https://archive.is/Pd6wW)Excerpt: "Technology giant Palantir Inc., which was credited with helping to find Osama bin Laden, is helping the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention model the virus outbreak....Palantir is working with the CDC on data collection and data integration related to disease tracking, according to a person familiar with the company.."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. [COVID-19]Sincerely,k7J Ader.

Please see the attached letter.

Sincerely,
CDC/ATSDR FOIA Office
770-488-6399

From: J Ader

To whom it may concern,

I have followed up multiple times with this request via the CDC portal through MuckRock - here you will find my records of correspondence: https://www.muckrock.com/foi/united-states-of-america-10/foia-cdc-palantir-90852/

Please re-open this request, as it has met the regulatory standards of response. I will be happy to talk over the phone to clear up any confusion as well.

Regards,
- J. Ader

From: J Ader

Hi Bruno,

See here the attached proof of my response to Request 20-01032-FOIA:

- a full local html copy of the page
- a screenshot of the narrow response
- the link to my public muckrock chain: https://www.muckrock.com/foi/united-states-of-america-10/foia-cdc-palantir-90852/#comm-874249

For posterity - I am willing to narrow my desired time range to the following:

any of the aforementioned documents created from February 10th, 2020 to March 17th, 2020.

Let me know if you need anything else.

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