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Partnerships, engagement or other requests for access to images from home surveillance devices

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From: Tim Singleton Norton

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Dear Australian Federal Police,

I am writing under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act to request any documents relating to current partnerships or other arrangements between the AFP and any private manufacturers or distributors of home surveillance devices.

There are recent news reports that 400 law enforcement authorities in the United States have entered into partnership with Ring (a subsidiary of Amazon), allowing them access to view video recordings during active investigations. I wish to understand if any similar arrangements exist within Australia's law enforcement system.

In particular I request the following:
- Purchase orders, invoices, contracts, loan agreements, solicitation letters, correspondence with companies and other similar records regarding the methods by which law enforcement authorities can access video or still imagery from home surveillance devices;
- Marketing or promotional materials received by the AFP relating to home surveillance devices;
- All requests made by to the AFP by companies or government agencies to keep confidential any aspect of the use of or access to home surveillance devices, including any non-disclosure agreements;
- Legislation, codes of practice, policy statements, guides, manuals, memoranda, presentations, training materials or other records governing law enforcement authority's access to footage from home surveillance devices, including restrictions on when, where, how and against whom they may be used; limitations on retention and use of collected data; guidance on when a warrant or other legal process must be obtained; and rules governing when the existence and use of such access methods may be revealed to the public, criminal defendants, or judges.

Yours faithfully,

Tim Singleton Norton

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UNCLASSIFIED

 

Good Morning

 

YOUR FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST

 

I refer to your application dated 30 August 2019, in which you seek access
to documents under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the Act) as
follows:

 

“I am writing under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act to
request any documents relating to current partnerships or other
arrangements between the AFP and any private manufacturers or distributors
of home surveillance devices.

 

There are recent news reports that 400 law enforcement authorities in the
United States have entered into partnership with Ring (a subsidiary of
Amazon), allowing them access to view video recordings during active
investigations. I wish to understand if any similar arrangements exist
within Australia's law enforcement system.

 

In particular I request the following:

- Purchase orders, invoices, contracts, loan agreements, solicitation
letters, correspondence with companies and other similar records regarding
the methods by which law enforcement authorities can access  video or
still imagery from home surveillance devices;

- Marketing or promotional materials received by the AFP relating to home
surveillance devices;

- All requests made by to the AFP by companies or government agencies to
keep confidential any aspect of the use of or access to home surveillance
devices, including any non-disclosure agreements;

- Legislation, codes of practice, policy statements, guides, manuals,
memoranda, presentations, training materials or other records governing
law enforcement authority's access to footage from home surveillance
devices, including restrictions on when, where, how and against whom they
may be used; limitations on retention and use of collected data; guidance
on when a warrant or other legal process must be obtained; and rules
governing when the existence and use of such access methods may be
revealed to the public, criminal defendants, or judges.”

 

Timeframe

 

Your request was received by this agency on 30 August 2019, and the 30 day
statutory period for processing your request commenced from that date. The
due date for your request is  29 September 2019.

 

Information considered irrelevant to the scope of your request

 

The AFP, in its management of FOI requests, excludes the following
information on the basis that is irrelevant to the scope of a request:

 

-      Names of AFP members, other than the Senior Executive.

-      Direct telephone numbers, signatures and mobile telephone numbers
of AFP members.

-      Duplicate documents, including duplicate emails.  The AFP will only
provide emails where they form a final email chain and the
authors/recipients are contained within the final email. 

-      Information that is publicly available, for example, newspaper
articles, online publications including information available on the AFP
Information Publication Scheme and the AFP disclosure log.

 

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advise this office within seven days of receipt of this email.

 

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your identity to third parties.

 

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You will be notified of any charges in accordance with the Freedom of
Information (Fees and Charges) Regulations, should they apply, in relation
to your request as soon as practicable. 

 

Information Publication Scheme

 

Please be advised that effective 1 May 2011 and in accordance with section
8(2) of the Act, an agency is required to publish information on the AFP
website following the notification of a decision in respect of a freedom
of information request.  Details of the decision will be published in a
Disclosure Log which can be found at
[1]https://www.afp.gov.au/about-us/informat....

 

The requirement to publish information released under FOI reinforces the
objectives of the FOI Act to promote a pro-disclosure culture across
government and to increase recognition that information held by government
is a national resource.  Exceptions to the requirement to publish
information would apply to personal information and information concerning
the business affairs of a person if it was considered ‘unreasonable’ to do
so. 

 

If, however, after noting the above, you wish to raise any concerns about
the publication of information concerning your request prior to the
notification of a decision, please advise this office in writing before 28
September 2019.

 

 

JODI (AFP22841)FOI OFFICER
CHIEF COUNSEL PORTFOLIO

Tel 02 5126 9366
[2]www.afp.gov.au
[3]Australian Federal Police

 

UNCLASSIFIED

 

 

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UNCLASSIFIED

 

Dear Mr Norton,

 

I refer to your FOI request received by this agency on 30 August 2019.

 

Upon consideration of your request, the AFP is of the view that your
request will take longer than 30 days to process.  The delay is
regrettable, however, due to a requirement to undertake further enquiries
with AFP line areas to ensure all relevant documents are located, it will
not be possible to advise you of a decision by date 29 September 2019.

 

Accordingly, pursuant to section 15AA of the Act, I seek your agreement to
extend the period to notify you of a decision to 29 October 2019.

 

I would be grateful if you would advise by return email of your agreement
to the proposed extension of time.  If you have any queries in relation to
this matter, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Kind Regards,

 

SOPHIE (AFP20849)
FOI OFFICER
CHIEF COUNSEL

Tel +61(0) 2 51269366  
[1]www.afp.gov.au
[2]Australian Federal Police

UNCLASSIFIED

 

 

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