Rescue Forensics contracts

Emily Hopkins filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
Tracking # 1327448-000
Status
Rejected

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From: Emily Hopkins

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Any contracts or working agreements with the tech startup Rescue Forensics. Background: https://www.vice.com/read/this-tech-startup-is-helping-the-cops-track-sex-workers-online-417

I also request that I be categorized as a media requester for the purpose of fees. Please find below a number of my clips as evidence of my status as a media professional:

https://digboston.com/is-boston-2024-taking-sex-trafficking-seriously-enough/

https://digboston.com/olympic-records/

http://scoutsomerville.com/sunshine-in-somerville-a-look-at-our-public-records/

http://www.bdcwire.com/femsex-boston-seeks-diversity-talks-about-the-tough-stuff/

http://scoutcambridge.com/uber-debate-comes-cambridge/

http://scoutcambridge.com/news-under-served/

The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, and is not being made 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,

Emily Hopkins

From: Sobonya, David P. (RMD) (FBI)

Dear Ms. Hopkins,

The FBI has received your Freedom of Information Act/Privacy (FOIPA) request and it will be forwarded to Initial Processing for review. Your request will be processed under the provisions of FOIPA and a response will be mailed to you at a later date.

Requests for fee waivers and expedited processing will be addressed once your request has been assigned an FOIPA request number. You will receive written notification of the FBI’s decision.

Information regarding the Freedom of Information Act/Privacy is available at http://www.fbi.gov<http://www.fbi.gov>/, http://www.fbi.gov/foia/ or http://www.justice.gov/oip. If you require additional assistance please contact the Public Information Officer.

Thank you,

David P. Sobonya
Public Information Officer/GIS
Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS)
FBI-Records Management Division
170 Marcel Drive, Winchester, VA 22602-4843
PIO: (540) 868-4593
Direct: (540) 868-4286
Fax: (540) 868-4391/4997

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

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

From: Emily Hopkins

Hi David,

I'll just reiterate my request with the added information:

All contracts (and their amendments) and memorandums of understanding entered into by the FBI with Rescue Forensics from 2014 to present.

Background: Rescue Forensics is a software company that collects data from escort service websites. According to the Vice article I linked to in my original request, this company has a working relationship with the FBI. It is within this context that I seek any written agreements about that relationship.

Emily Hopkins

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 April 19, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #1327448-000.

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 April 19, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #1327448-000.

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 April 19, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #1327448-000.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIPAQUESTIONS

Dear Emily Hopkins,

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Thank you,

Lauren McGuinn
Public Liaison/GIS
Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS)
FBI-Records Management Division
170 Marcel Drive, Winchester, VA 22602-4843
PIO: (540) 868-4593
Direct: (540) 868-4286
Fax: (540) 868-4391/4997
E-mail: foiparequest@ic.fbi.gov<mailto:foiparequest@ic.fbi.gov>
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