Law enforcement intercept solutions for encrypted communications

Andrew Couts filed this request with the Department of Justice, National Security Division of the United States of America.
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From: Patrick Howell O'Neill

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All records containing discussions of intercept solutions built into technology products to allow law enforcement access to encrypted communications.

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 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.

Sincerely,

Patrick Howell O'Neill

From: Gleaves, Lani (NSD)

Patrick Howell O'Neill
MuckRock News
P.O. Box 55819
Dept MR 18175
Boston, MA 02205-5819

Re: FOIA/PA #15-149

Dear Mr. O'Neill:

This is to acknowledge receipt of your email dated May 28, 2015, seeking "All records containing discussions of intercept solutions built into technology products to allow law enforcement access to encrypted communications." Our FOIA office received your Freedom of Information request on June 1, 2015.

Created by the reauthorization of the USA PATRIOT Act in March 2006, the National Security Division (NSD) formally began operations on October 2, 2006. The NSD consolidated the national security components of the Department of Justice under a new Assistant Attorney General (the AAG for National Security). These components included the Office of Intelligence Policy and Review (now the Office of Intelligence) and the Criminal Division's Counterterrorism and Counterespionage Sections. The NSD also includes a new Law and Policy office responsible for providing legal assistance and for formulating legislative initiatives on matters related to national security law and policy. These organizational changes reinforce the Department's efforts to prevent terrorism and other threats to national security. In addition, the AAG for National Security acts as the Department's liaison with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Department of Defense, and other intelligence community agencies in order to improve coordination against terrorism and other threats to national security.

We regret to inform you that we cannot comply to your request. The National Security Division does handle records containing discussions of intercept solutions built into technology products to allow law enforcement access to encrypted communications. Therefore, your file is hereby administratively closed in the National Security Division.

If you are not satisfied with my response to your request, you may administratively appeal by writing to the Director, Office of Information Policy, United States Department of Justice, Suite 11050, 1425 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20530-0001, or you may submit an appeal through OIP's eFOIA portal at http://www.justice.gov/oip/efoia-portal.html. Your appeal must be postmarked or transmitted electronically within sixty days from the date of this letter. If you submit your appeal by mail, both the letter and the envelope should be clearly marked "Freedom of Information Act Appeal."

Sincerely,

Arnetta Mallory

Arnetta Mallory
Government Information Specialist

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