Social Media Monitoring policies (National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency)

Emma Best filed this request with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency of the United States of America.
Tracking # NGA-2017-FOI-00041
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Processing

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From: Michael Best

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Electronic copies of your Agency's social media monitoring policies, including but not limited to Privacy Impact Assessments.

I am a member of the news media and request classification as such. I have previously written about the government and its activities for AND Magazine, MuckRock and Glomar Disclosure and have an open arrangement with each. My articles have been widely read, with some reaching over 100,000 readers. As such, as I have a reasonable expectation of publication and my editorial and writing skills are well established. In addition, I discuss and comment on the files online and make them available through the non-profit Internet Archive, disseminating them to a large audience. While my research is not limited to this, a great deal of it, including this, focuses on the activities and attitudes of the government itself. As such, it is not necessary for me to demonstrate the relevance of this particular subject in advance. Additionally, case law states that “proof of the ability to disseminate the released information to a broad cross-section of the public is not required.” Judicial Watch, Inc. v. Dep’t of Justice, 365 F.3d 1108, 1126 (D.C. Cir. 2004); see Carney v. U.S. Dep’t of Justice, 19 F.3d 807, 814-15 (2d Cir. 1994). Further, courts have held that "qualified because it also had “firm” plans to “publish a number of . . . ‘document sets’” concerning United States foreign and national security policy." Under this criteria, as well, I qualify as a member of the news media. Additionally, courts have held that the news media status "focuses on the nature of the requester, not its request. The provision requires that the request be “made by” a representative of the news media. Id. § 552(a)(4)(A)(ii)(II). A newspaper reporter, for example, is a representative of the news media regardless of how much interest there is in the story for which he or she is requesting information." As such, the details of the request itself are moot for the purposes of determining the appropriate fee category. As such, my primary purpose is to inform about government activities by reporting on it and making the raw data available and I therefore request that fees be waived.

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,

Michael Best

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Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
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Good Morning Mr. Best,

Please see your attached acknowledgement letter.

Respectfully,

Ms. Tiffany Richardson
FOIA Officer / Information Security Specialist
Office of Security, NGA FOIA/PA Service Center
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
(571) 557-4141
(571) 558-3117 (fax)

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Classification: UNCLASSIFIED

From:

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
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Good Morning Mr. Best,

I have received a few clarifications questions from our subject matter expects (SMEs). Can you clarify the following? Are you seeking social media usage policies for NGA employees or seeking policies on the monitoring of the usage of NGA employees?

Thank you! I look forward to hearing from you.

Respectfully,

Ms. Tiffany Richardson
FOIA Officer / Information Security Specialist
Office of Security, NGA FOIA/PA Requester Service Center
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
(571) 557-4141
(571) 558-3117 (fax)

From: Michael Best

Thanks for reaching out! I'm looking for information about the monitoring (either directly, or through surveys, etc.) of employee social media use but also about monitoring social media for Open Source Intelligence purposes. Many agencies monitor social media accounts for open source purposes, simply because they provide a steady stream of relevant information. In the case of your agency, that information would likely be either news or technology related, and I suppose anything relating to GIS.

Does that clarify things? I realize that the second part of the request is still a bit vague, so I'm open to it if you have ideas about how to reformulate it to allow an efficient search.

From:

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
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Mr. Best,

Thank you! I think this clarification will do fine. If they have any more questions I will be in touch.

Respectfully,

Ms. Tiffany Richardson
FOIA Officer / Information Security Specialist
Office of Security, NGA FOIA/PA Requester Service Center
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
(571) 557-4141
(571) 558-3117 (fax)

From:

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
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Good Morning Mr. Best,

I sent you the status update of this request on Thursday 4/6/17. The status is as follows:

I acknowledge your request 2017-FOI-00041 is 14 days past due. I am awaiting a response from the subject matter expects from your clarification of the request on 3/10/17. I estimate having your case closed by 4/14/17.

Please be advised that date is just an estimate and is subject to change. I do plan to get your final response as soon as possible. Thank you so much for your time and patience.

Respectfully,

Ms. Tiffany Richardson
FOIA Officer / Information Security Specialist
Office of Security, NGA FOIA/PA Requester Service Center
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
(571) 557-4141
(571) 558-3117 (fax)

From: National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Emma Best

Hi,

Thanks so much for your help with this request! I really appreciate it.

Sincerely,
Emma Best

From: Emma Best

I am appealing the integrity of all redactions in this release.

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