Records concerning the decision to ban Tor users from healthcare.gov

Runa A. Sandvik filed this request with the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services of the United States of America.
Tracking # 112120137066
Status
Completed

Communications

From: Runa A. Sandvik

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request all records on, about, mentioning, or concerning the decision to ban users of the Tor anonymity network from accessing the healthcare.gov website.

Background:

Users of the Tor anonymity network are unable to visit the healthcare.gov website. Attempting to do so results in an "Access Denied"-page saying "You don't have permission to access 'http://www.healthcare.gov' on this server".

Additionally, supporters of Tor who run Tor servers (also known as "relays") on their own computers are unable to access the healthcare.gov website even if they are not using Tor. It is likely that the healthcare.gov website blocks access from all IP addresses known to be a part of the Tor network.

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 MuckRock.com, 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.

Sincerely,

Runa A. Sandvik

From: Department of Health and Human Services

The request has been forwarded from one agency to another agency or department for further review or follow up.

From: Department of Health and Human Services

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Nov. 17, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #112120137066.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Nov. 17, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #112120137066.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Nov. 17, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #112120137066.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Nov. 17, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #112120137066.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Nov. 17, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #112120137066.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Nov. 17, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #112120137066.

Thank you for your help.

From: Bell, Michael (OS/ASPA)

Ms. Sandvik,
Our office received your fax checking on the status of your Nov 17, 2013 FOIA Request. You should have been informed that your request was referred to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid for direct response to you.

You may contact their FOIA Office at Fax number: 410-786-0474. Or e-mail them at FOIA_Request@CMS.HHS.GOV

Please let us know if you need any more information regarding your request.

From: MuckRock

Please advise as to the status of this request.

Thank you.

From: CMS FOIA Request

Hello,

Please contact Danean Jones at 410-786-9356.

Thank you,

CMS/Divison of Freedom of Information
410-786-5353

From: McNeal, Derrick E. (CMS/OSORA)

Good morning Runa Sandvik,

I have been tasked to address our organization FOIA backlog. You submitted a FOIA request 112120137066 and 112120137067 on 11/17/2013. You requested access to all records on, about, mentioning or concerning the decision to ban users of the Tor anonymity network from accessing the healthcare.gov website and all records on, about, mentioning, or concerning the access policy for the healthcare.gov website. You also submitted a FOIA 012420147009 request on 1/23/2014 requesting all records on, about, mentioning or concerning the decision to ban users of the Tor anonymity network and other anonymity services from accessing the heatlhcare.gov website.

Could you please inform me if this information is still needed? Please respond via email no later than 30 working days from today to confirm your interest in this material.

Thank you, Derrick McNeal

From: MuckRock

Hello Mr. McNeal,

Yes, please.

Thank you.

From: Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: McNeal, Derrick E. (CMS/OSORA)

Good morning Mr. Runa Sandvik, I am responding to your email in regard to the FOIA request 112120137066. This request has been addressed and mailed out to you. On July 7, 2016 you were mailed out the attached letter that addressed your November 17, 2013 request. I have attached the letter. In the letter you have been advised how you can address your request through the appeal process if you chose to proceed. Thank you for your understanding and support of our FOIA program.

From: Bigelow, Emily (CMS/OSORA)

Good Morning,

Please find attached further response to your Freedom of Information Act request of November 17, 2013 to the Department of Health and Human Services.

Thank you

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