Use of IMSI capture devices in NSW

Tim Singleton Norton made this Government Information (Public Access) request to NSW Police Force

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Tim Singleton Norton

Dear NSW Police Force,

I am writing under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act to request the documents relating directly to the use of IMSI catchers owned and operated by the NSW Police Force as of April 2020.

An “International Mobile Subscriber Identity” catcher (IMSI Catcher) may go by the following brand names including Stingray, SimSucker, Kingfish, Harpoon, Amberjack, or Hailstorm.

In particular I request the following information:
- Current number of IMSI catchers owned and/or operated by the NSW Police Force;
- Purchase orders, invoices, contracts, loan agreements, solicitation letters, correspondence with companies and other similar records regarding the acquisition of IMSI catchers;
- Marketing or promotional materials received by the NSW Police Force relating to IMSI catchers;
- All requests made by to the NSW Police Force by companies or government agencies to keep confidential any aspect of the possession and use of IMSI catchers, including any non-disclosure agreements;
- Legislation, codes of practice, policy statements, guides, manuals, memoranda, presentations, training materials or other records governing the use of IMSI catchers, 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 IMSI catchers may be revealed to the public, criminal defendants, or judges.

Yours faithfully,

Tim Singleton Norton

#GIPA, NSW Police Force

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Dear Tim Singleton Norton

I refer to your below e-mail enquiry

In order to make a request for NSW Police Force information, an applicant
is required to submit a completed 'Formal Access' application under the
Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009.

Please find attached the ‘Formal Access’ application form for completion.
You should follow all instructions on the form, include as much
information and guidance as possible about the information you require and
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When seeking access to personal information, you must send a copy of the
proof of identity for the party whose personal information is requested.

Acceptable forms of proof of identity include any one of the following: -
an Australian Drivers Licence including a photograph, signature and
current address; a current Australian passport or other proof of signature
and current address details (such as a Government issued identity card or
Government issued proof of age card).

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Please e-mail the completed forms (formal access application and credit
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For more information:
Kind regards,

From:        Tim Singleton Norton
<[FOI #6382 email]>
To:        GIPA requests at NSW Police Force <[NSW Police Force request email]>
Date:        09/06/2020 10:27
Subject:        *** Letty*** Government Information (Public Access)
request - Use of IMSI capture devices in NSW

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Posty left an annotation ()

Looks like this application was thwarted by the $30 charge to even handle the request.