FOIAData

Requesting Electronic Data From Law Enforcement Agencies (Leave With Completed Request)

Saturday, July 30 at 2 PM – 4:30 PM
1201 Martin Luther King Jr Way, at 12th St., Oakland. Close Walk to 12th St. Bart. Accessible building.

  • 2-2:15 Lecture.
    • Background information on the Freedom of Information and Privacy acts. I recommend you read the materials or watch videos here before https://caitlinkellyhenry.com/foia/.
  • 2:30-3:00 Lecture
    • Focus on what electronic data is considered a federal “Agency Record” eligible for release under FOIA. Discussion of databases, software, source code, photographs, screenshots, research, etc.
  • 3:00-3:15 Lecture
    • Exemptions and exclusions pertinent to law enforcement.
  • 3:15-4:30 Drafting
    • Participants will be walked step by step through typing their requests on their own computers.

Examples:

  • You can write a request to the FBI for records about collaboration with local law enforcement during a protest.
  • You could write about surveillance of #BlackLivesMatter https://ccrjustice.org/home/press-center/press-releases/civil-rights-groups-seek-expose-surveillance-black-lives-matter.
  • You could request camera footage (example of state records act here, not federal) http://nlgsf.org/news/victory-public-records-act-case-against-hayward-police

Preparation

  • Research your topic in advance. Visit caitlinkellyhenry.com/FOIA to understand what kind of research to do and documents to bring.
  • Bring a laptop.
  • $25-50 sliding scale. Free if your request relates to #BlackLivesMatter
  • Space is limited so participants must register. Register here https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1YTh59iTS9opawLmrokw_qWNp3yqXTbzY4gNnTDA-HHM/viewform?usp=send_form. Please include questions you would like me to answer, and topics you would like me to address.

Link to share https://caitlinkellyhenry.com/foiadata

This workshop will not cover state/local Public Records Act requests. Please email me if you are interested in a workshop on that.

Accessible ramp entrance is in back of building.

Short URL: http://bit.ly/29pBYaP