Saturday, April 19, 2014

FOI Request

Google policies and procedures

Requested by aaronsw on March 10, 2011 for the United States Secret Service of United States of America

Status: Fix Required , will be 2 days past due from when the fix is received

From Aaron Swartz on March 10, 2011:

To Whom It May Concern:

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

- any policies, procedures, or guides for using data stored by Google for investigations, data-collection, and surveillance

In particular, any Google guides or advice to law enforcement akin to the "AOL Inc. Law Enforcement Manual" or "Facebook Law Enforcement Guidelines".

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

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.


Aaron Swartz
Filed via
E-mail (Preferred):
Daytime: (617) 299-1832
For mailed responses, please address:
185 Beacon St. #3
Somerville, MA 02143

From United States Secret Service on April 11, 2011:

Initial Response
Initial Response
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An initial response from the United States Secret Service in regards to your request for policies, procedures, or guides for using data stored by Google for investigations, data-collection and surveillance.
From United States Secret Service on Oct. 12, 2011:

Fix Required
Fix Required
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A fix is required to perfect the request. The request has been rejected as being too vague, burdensome or otherwise unprocessable.
  • Initial Response
  • Fix Required
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