Under the California Public Records Act, I am hereby requesting contracts, grant applications, policies, memos, datasets and any and all documents associated with the use of stringrays and related devices (aka AmberJack, KingFish, Harpoon or an IMSI catcher) pursuant to cellphone monitoring and tracking within the city of Oakland. (See: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/12/08/cellphone-data-spying-nsa-police/3902809/)
Presuming that OPD does employ such devices, specifically I would like to know how many devices are in use, under what circumstances they can and have been deployed, what oversight exists for their use, what cases of abuse have been reported (if any). I would also like to know on what occasions the OPD has shared such data with local prosecutors and/or federal authorities, and what data was shared.
I would also like to know the occasions and frequency of the use of "tower dumps" performed for the benefit of the OPD, and how much was paid for this service.
If the city does not employ such stingray devices, I would like to know if the OPD or any city official has been in contact with any vendor or government agency exploring the possibility of procuring such devices. In such a case, I would like to receive a copy of all such correspondence.
As a journalist acting in the public interest I would request a fee waiver. Further, in the interests of saving taxpayer funds, I would request that all data and documents be communicated electronically.
If specific portions of any documents are exempt from disclosure, please provide the non-exempt portions and please provide a statutory reason as to why those records are exempt.
Senior Business Editor, Ars Technica
Please respond. Thanks! -Cyrus Farivar - Requester
You recently submitted a response regarding your concern that your PRR was not fully completed. We have reopened your PRR and are currently working on resolving any areas that were not completed to your satisfaction. We will provide an up-date by Friday September 12, 2014. - Rheta R Sonnier
We released all of the requested documents. Personal information, such as home addresses, telephone numbers, and credit card numbers, were removed from the documents to protect the privacy or identity of another individual (Government Code Section 6254(c)). - Rheta R Sonnier
We are still in the process of reviewing our records for any responsive documents. We will provide you with biweekly updates and/or any responsive non-exempt documents as they become available. At this time we do not have any records to provide. You will receive your next response by August 8, 2014. - Amber Fuller
We released all of the requested documents. We do not have any other responsive documents for this request. - Amber C Fuller
Additional time is required to answer your public records request. We need to search for, collect, or examine a large number of records (Government Code Section 6253(c)(2)). - Amber C Fuller