Vermont -- State Forensics

Joseph Cox filed this request with the Vermont State Police of Vermont.


From: Joseph Cox

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Vermont public records law (1 V.S.A. ยงยง 315-320):

### Background ###

Law enforcement often make use of mobile phone forensics tools. These can be used to extract data from a seized smartphone, such as contact lists, photos, messages and more. Some devices can also be used to bypass the lock or PIN code on phones.

My request is in relation to all mobile phone forensics tools, including hardware, such as devices provided by a company called Cellebrite, and software, such as analysis programs sold by COMPELSON Labs.

### Request ###

I hereby request the following records:

Records regarding the acquisition, maintenance, upgrade and subscription costs of mobile phone forensics software and/or hardware, including invoices, purchases orders, contracts, loan agreements, procurement documents (but not limited to solicitation documents or notices of proposed contracts, proposed bids, unsolicited proposals, and/or documents justifying contracting without full and open competition), correspondence with companies providing the software and/or hardware (including, but not limited to Cellebrite, IP-Box, Kessler, and COMPELSON Labs), and similar documents, from January 1st 2010 to the date of this request.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In order to help to determine my status to assess fees, you should know that I am journalist writing for Motherboard, VICE's technology and science site, and that this request is being made as part of news gathering.

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 5 business days, as the statute requires.


Joseph Cox

From: MuckRock

To Whom It May Concern:

This request has not yet been acknowledged. Confirmation of receipt and an estimated date of completion would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

From: Waterman, Scott R

Hello Joseph,

Please be advised your records request is being addressed by our records custodian. An extension letter had been previously sent, and our custodian will follow up on Monday.


Scott Waterman
Vermont State Police Public Information Officer<>
802-241-5277 desk
802-279-4554 cell

From: Storm, Heidi

Please see the attached documents. The following materials satisfy your records request mailed June 17th, asking for all information regarding the acquisition, maintenance, upgrade and subscription costs of mobile phone forensics software.

Please note that the newest software was purchased by the Attorney General's office, so for additional information on what they have purchased, you would need to contact them directly.

If you have any questions feel free to contact me anytime.


Heidi Storm
Records and Alarm Administrator
Vermont State Police - Headquarters
45 State Drive
Waterbury, VT 05671-1300

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