Ring, Virginia

Caroline Haskins filed this request with the Virginia State Police of Virginia.
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From: Tom Nash


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Law enforcement agencies around the country have “partnerships” with Ring, Amazon’s home security company. These partnerships involve an exchange: Law enforcement gets access to Ring’s “Law Enforcement Neighborhoods Portal.” The Law Enforcement Neighborhood Portal is a way that police can request Ring camera footage from people that use Neighbors, Ring has a "neighborhood watch" app. (https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/qvg48d/everything-you-need-to-know-about-ring-amazons-surveillance-camera-company)

Therefore, I hereby request the following records :

1) All instructional materials, presentations and presentation materials (including recorded video and audio, PowerPoint files, prepared remarks, and slides formats), and other guidance on the use of Ring devices and/or the Neighbors app. This includes A) any notes taken during meetings that discussed the use of Ring devices and/or the Neighbors app, B) any explanations (whether internally or externally generated) of how Ring devices and/or the Neighbors app work, and C) any other document that has been used to help explain the use of Ring devices and/or the Neighbors app to any party, including internal documentation, public relations materials, and executive summaries.

2) A copy of any privacy impact assessments, use policies, standard operating procedures, data retention policies, legal opinions, warranties, non-disclosure agreements, contracts, liability waivers, insurance agreements, Requests for Proposals, Responses to Requests for Proposal, Memorandums of Understanding, Letters of Interest, usage policies, or informal agreements between the police department and Ring.

3) A copy of any funding opportunity announcements, grant applications and grantor status/progress reports, reports to legislative bodies, annual reports that mention Ring or the Neighbors app, as well as audit records, including but not limited to security audits of the software, misuse reports, and reports to oversight bodies.

4) Any digital communications including but not limited to emails and text messages) as well as documents, (including but not limited to PDF, word processing, excel, and slide documents) that mention Ring or the Neighbors app.

5) Any digital communications (including but not limited to emails and text messages) with Ring representatives.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes. It will be used in the course of reporting for Motherboard, VICE’s science and technology website (www.motherboard.vice.com).

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 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Please note that I am a citizen of Virginia, and am using MuckRock's services to help manage and track my request.

Sincerely,

Tom Nash

From: Virginia State Police

Thank you for your correspondence to the Virginia Department of State
Police (the Department). As you may be aware, requests for records of the
Commonwealth, its agencies and political subdivisions are governed by
the *Virginia
Freedom of Information Act* (FOIA), §§ 2.2-3700 *et. seq.* of the *Code of
Virginia*.

Pursuant to Virginia Code § 2.2-3704(B)(3), the requested records could not
be found or do not exist in the Department's investigative files. The
Department only houses police incident reports for cases it has
investigated, not those conducted by other agencies.

We regret we are unable to assist you further in this matter but hope the
information provided is helpful.

Kindest regards,
Jessica Melendez
On behalf of David L. Ostwinkle

First Sergeant David L. Ostwinkle
Virginia Department of State Police
Office of Legal Affairs
Bureau of Administrative and Support Services
(804) 674-8028 (Office)
(804) 674-2345 (Fax)
david.ostwinkle@vsp.virginia.gov <angela.kepus@vsp.virginia.gov>

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From: <requests@muckrock.com>
Date: Mon, Aug 12, 2019 at 2:07 PM
Subject: Virginia Freedom of Information Act Request: Ring, Virginia
To: <foia@vsp.virginia.gov>

Virginia State Police
FOIA Office
P. O. Box 27472
Richmond, VA 23261-7472

August 12, 2019

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the
following records:

Law enforcement agencies around the country have “partnerships” with Ring,
Amazon’s home security company. These partnerships involve an exchange: Law
enforcement gets access to Ring’s “Law Enforcement Neighborhoods Portal.”
The Law Enforcement Neighborhood Portal is a way that police can request
Ring camera footage from people that use Neighbors, Ring has a
"neighborhood watch" app. (
https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/qvg48d/everything-you-need-to-know-about-ring-amazons-surveillance-camera-company
)

Therefore, I hereby request the following records :

1) All instructional materials, presentations and presentation materials
(including recorded video and audio, PowerPoint files, prepared remarks,
and slides formats), and other guidance on the use of Ring devices and/or
the Neighbors app. This includes A) any notes taken during meetings that
discussed the use of Ring devices and/or the Neighbors app, B) any
explanations (whether internally or externally generated) of how Ring
devices and/or the Neighbors app work, and C) any other document that has
been used to help explain the use of Ring devices and/or the Neighbors app
to any party, including internal documentation, public relations materials,
and executive summaries.

2) A copy of any privacy impact assessments, use policies, standard
operating procedures, data retention policies, legal opinions, warranties,
non-disclosure agreements, contracts, liability waivers, insurance
agreements, Requests for Proposals, Responses to Requests for Proposal,
Memorandums of Understanding, Letters of Interest, usage policies, or
informal agreements between the police department and Ring.

3) A copy of any funding opportunity announcements, grant applications and
grantor status/progress reports, reports to legislative bodies, annual
reports that mention Ring or the Neighbors app, as well as audit records,
including but not limited to security audits of the software, misuse
reports, and reports to oversight bodies.

4) Any digital communications including but not limited to emails and text
messages) as well as documents, (including but not limited to PDF, word
processing, excel, and slide documents) that mention Ring or the Neighbors
app.

5) Any digital communications (including but not limited to emails and text
messages) with Ring representatives.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and
this request is not being made for commercial purposes. It will be used in
the course of reporting for Motherboard, VICE’s science and technology
website (www.motherboard.vice.com).

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 5 business
days, as the statute requires.

Please note that I am a citizen of Virginia, and am using MuckRock's
services to help manage and track my request.

Sincerely,

Tom Nash

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