OFFICE OF THE HENNEPIN COUNTY ATTORNEY

MICHAEL O. FREEMAN COUNTY ATTORNEY

October 9, 2013 VIA E_MAIL Rich Neumeister Rich.neumeister@gmail.com Mr. Neumeister: I write in response to your data practices request to the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office. You seek certain data regarding “cellphone and smart phone extraction devices,” “the number of devices that [the HCSO] ha[s],” “[t]he amount spent in purchasing the extraction devices,” and all government data about “the Cellular Exploitation System (Kingfish) including, but not limited to, such items as protocols, procedures, legal thresholds, County Attorney opinions, evaluations, correspondence, and results of use.” The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office has a cellphone exploitation device that assists in locating a cellphone. This technology is not capable of listening to cellphone calls or capturing texts or data. This device was purchased in December 2010. A redacted copy of the Agreement with Harris Corporation is enclosed with this e-mail. Additional details regarding this equipment is protected nonpublic data pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 13.82, subd. 25 and 13.37, subd. 1(a). Disclosure of this data would disclose investigative techniques that would compromise the usefulness of the equipment and ongoing and future criminal investigations. Disclosure of the specific model, capabilities, functionality and other specific attributes of the equipment and when and how it is used could be used by criminals and fugitives to defeat the technology. In addition, portions of the data requested are nonpublic trade secret data pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 13.37, subd. 2. This trade secret data is protected pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 13.37 and 18 U.S.C. § 1905. Harris Corporation has asserted that some of the data you have requested is trade secret and has taken efforts to protect the data from disclosure. Accordingly, the data provided with this e-mail is the only public data responsive to your request. Sincerely, Daniel Rogan DANIEL ROGAN Civil Division Manager Telephone: (612) 348-5529 Enclosure
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