Police social media monitoring contracts/manuals (Metropolitan Police Department)

Todd Feathers filed this request with the Metropolitan Police Department of Washington, DC.
Tracking #

2020-FOIA-06293

Multi Request Police social media monitoring contracts/manuals
Due June 26, 2020
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: Todd Feathers

To Whom It May Concern:

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

1) Copies of all department contracts for services that provide social media monitoring capabilities. This includes, but is not limited to, tools that allow the department to monitor social media posts within a certain geographic area (commonly known as geofencing), set flags that generate automatic alerts/reports when certain terms are included in posts, analyze social media to determine which users interact with each other (for instance, creating social network maps/circles). This request should be construed to include tools such as Thompson Reuters CLEAR, which provides additional services beyond social media monitoring.

2) Copies of all technical specifications, user manuals, handbooks, instructions or comparable documents for the above mentioned tools.

I ask that all fees be waved as I am a journalist (examples of my work can be found at toddfeathers.com) and I intend to use the requested records to publish articles in the public interest.

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 15 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Todd Feathers

From: Metropolitan Police Department

This is an automated message from the DC Government FOIA system. Dear Todd Feathers, Request Number 2020-FOIA-06293 has been assigned to the request you submitted in relation to: Request description: To Whom It May Concern:

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

1) Copies of all department contracts for services that provide social media monitoring capabilities. This includes, but is not limited to, tools that allow the department to monitor social media posts within a certain geographic area (commonly known as geofencing), set flags that generate automatic alerts/reports when certain terms are included in posts, analyze social media to determine which users interact with each other (for instance, creating social network maps/circles). This request should be construed to include tools such as Thompson Reuters CLEAR, which provides additional services beyond social media monitoring.

2) Copies of all technical specifications, user manuals, handbooks, instructions or comparable documents for the above mentioned tools.

I ask that all fees be waved as I am a journalist (examples of my work can be found at toddfeathers.com) and I intend to use the requested records to publish articles in the public interest.

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 15 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Todd Feathers In all future correspondence regarding this request, please reference request number 2020-FOIA-06293. To check for status, please log in  https://foia-dc.gov/palMain.aspx and go to Request Status. For any questions regarding your request, please contact the FOIA office directly. Find the list of agency Open Governement and FOIA contact information by visiting FOIA Contact Information. For ease of reference, we ask that you have your FOIA Request Number available when you contact the FOIA office. (https://dc.gov/node/818962) Regards,
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From: Metropolitan Police Department

Dear Mr. Feathers, This office is in receipt of your Freedomof Information Act (FOIA) request. Your FOIA request number is 2020-FOIA-06293 andyour assigned FOIA Specialist is Tara Branch If youhave any questions regarding your request, please contact your assigned FOIASpecialist at (202) 727-3721.  For ease of reference, we ask that you haveyour FOIA Request Number available when you contact our office. Please know, pursuant to D.C. Official Code §2-532(c), we have 15 business-days, subject to the possibility of a ten (10)business day extension to respond to the request as of the date ofreceipt. Be advised, if your requestis for Body Worn Camera (BWC) footage, D.C. Code § 2-532(c) allows 25business days subject to the possibility of 15 working-day extension, torespond to the request as of the date of receipt. COVID-19Notification Pursuantto section 503 of the COVID-19 Response Emergency Amendment Act of 2020,effective March 17, 2020, D.C. Act 23-247, all FOIA deadlines may be extendedduring the public health emergency declared by the Mayor. Regards, Latrina Crumlin Staff Assistant,Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Office MetropolitanPolice Department 300Indiana Avenue, Rm 4153

From: Metropolitan Police Department

This is an automated message from the DC Government FOIA system. Dear Todd Feathers, The status for your request is below. Please log into https://foia-dc.gov/palMain.aspx and go to Request Status. If you have any questions regarding the status of your request, please contact the agency's FOIA office that you had submitted your FOIA request to. You can communicate directly with the FOIA office by clicking on Inbox, search the request number, and then click Compose Message. OR, visit to see a list DC Government FOIA Office’s/officer’s contact information and have your Request ID ready. (https://dc.gov/node/818962) Contact FOIA Office Request status: In Process Request ID: 2020-FOIA-06293 Description: To Whom It May Concern:Pursuant to the DC Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:1) Copies of all department contracts for services that provide social media monitoring capabilities. This includes, but is not limited to, tools that allow the department to monitor social media posts within a certain geographic area (commonly known as geofencing), set flags that generate automatic alerts/reports when certain terms are included in posts, analyze social media to determine which users interact with each other (for instance, creating social network maps/circles). This request should be construed to include tools such as Thompson Reuters CLEAR, which provides additional services beyond social media monitoring.2) Copies of all technical specifications, user manuals, handbooks, instructions or comparable documents for the above mentioned tools.I ask that all fees be waved as I am a journalist (examples of my work can be found at toddfeathers.com) and I intend to use the requested records to publish articles in the public interest.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 15 business days, as the statute requires.Sincerely,Todd Feathers Regards,
DC Government FOIA Portal

From: Metropolitan Police Department

Dear Todd Feathers: This email is to advise, an audit of our records indicate you still have an open Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the Metropolitan Police Department's FOIA Office dated July, 1, 2020, regarding the above listed subject FOIA for the following:

To Whom It May Concern:Pursuant to the DC Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:1) Copies of all department contracts for services that provide social media monitoring capabilities. This includes, but is not limited to, tools that allow the department to monitor social media posts within a certain geographic area (commonly known as geofencing), set flags that generate automatic alerts/reports when certain terms are included in posts, analyze social media to determine which users interact with each other (for instance, creating social network maps/circles). This request should be construed to include tools such as Thompson Reuters CLEAR, which provides additional services beyond social media monitoring.2) Copies of all technical specifications, user manuals, handbooks, instructions or comparable documents for the above mentioned tools.I ask that all fees be waved as I am a journalist (examples of my work can be found at toddfeathers.com) and I intend to use the requested records to publish articles in the public interest.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 15 business days, as the statute requires.Sincerely,Todd Feathers We do regret any oversights and the delay; however, this is due to our office experiencing a continued backlog. In order to update our records, please advise of your continued interest in pursuing this FOIA request. If you determine that you are no longer interested, please advise this office within five (5) workdays from the date of this email so that we may note our records accordingly. If we do not hear from you within the time frame allotted, we will presume that you are no longer interested in pursuing your request and consider this a constructive withdrawal and close our file. Regards, Ms. Branch FOIA Specialist Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Office Metropolitan Police Department 300 Indiana Avenue, NW Room 4153

From: Todd Feathers

I am still interested in this request.

From: Metropolitan Police Department

This is an automated message from the DC Government FOIA system. Dear Todd Feathers, The status for your request is below. Please log into https://foia-dc.gov/palMain.aspx and go to Request Status. If you have any questions regarding the status of your request, please contact the agency's FOIA office that you had submitted your FOIA request to. You can communicate directly with the FOIA office by clicking on Inbox, search the request number, and then click Compose Message. OR, visit to see a list DC Government FOIA Office’s/officer’s contact information and have your Request ID ready. (https://dc.gov/node/818962) Contact FOIA Office Request status: Closed Request ID: 2020-FOIA-06293 Description: To Whom It May Concern:Pursuant to the DC Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:1) Copies of all department contracts for services that provide social media monitoring capabilities. This includes, but is not limited to, tools that allow the department to monitor social media posts within a certain geographic area (commonly known as geofencing), set flags that generate automatic alerts/reports when certain terms are included in posts, analyze social media to determine which users interact with each other (for instance, creating social network maps/circles). This request should be construed to include tools such as Thompson Reuters CLEAR, which provides additional services beyond social media monitoring.2) Copies of all technical specifications, user manuals, handbooks, instructions or comparable documents for the above mentioned tools.I ask that all fees be waved as I am a journalist (examples of my work can be found at toddfeathers.com) and I intend to use the requested records to publish articles in the public interest.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 15 business days, as the statute requires.Sincerely,Todd Feathers Regards,
DC Government FOIA Portal

From: Todd Feathers

Hello,

Why has this request been closed? I responded days ago that I was still interested in it, as your department requested.

Todd

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