Social media surveillance survey (Whatcom County Sheriff's Office)

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Whatcom County Sheriff's Office of Whatcom County, WA.
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From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to RCW Ch. 42.56 (Public Records Act), I hereby request the following records:

Any and all contracts (as well as all associated amendments, exhibits, and materials), memorandums of understanding, and other equivalent agreements entered into by this agency with or any other social media surveillance software or equipment company, including but not limited to:

• BrightPlanet
• Geofeedia
• Intrado Inc.
• LifeRaft
• Magnet Forensics
• Media Sonar
• Signal Corporation
• ZeroFOX

Responsive materials should include but not be limited to:

• the initial Invitation to Bid, Request for Proposal, or equivalent call for contractors
• the responsive materials provided by the winning bidder
• other bidder responses
• the current contract
• all exhibits
• all amendments
• all performance work statements
• all deliverables inventories
• all invoices related to the deliverance of software, services, or goods

Please also include:

• all policies related to the acquisition and use of social media and surveillance software by individual officers and representatives of this agency
• all materials related to the use of any other social media platform, including but not limited to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Nextdoor, etc.

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.


Beryl Lipton

From: PublicRecordsOfficer

Ms. Lipton,

Sorry for the typo, the request was assigned number 2017-023, not 022.

Mark Burnfield, CPRO
Public Records Officer
Whatcom County
311 Grand Ave., Suite B-04
Bellingham, WA 98225

From: PublicRecordsOfficer

Ms. Lipton,

On February 6, 2017 the Whatcom County Sheriff's Office received your request for public records. It was assigned tracking number 2017-022 and was returned to the Sheriff's Office, where we expected any responsive records to be found. I apologize for the delay in responding. It seems your earlier communications were flagged as "Potential Spam" and were not opened out of an abundance of caution.

The Whatcom County Sheriff's Office does not make use of any social media monitoring software. We have no contracts for such software and no policies governing the acquisition of such software. The Sheriff's Office does not use social media in its work, except for a Facebook page used to communicate with the public. There are no materials related to its use.

As we have no responsive records, I will now be closing request 2017-023.

Mark Burnfield, CPRO
Public Records Officer
Whatcom County
311 Grand Ave., Suite B-04
Bellingham, WA 98225