Facial Recognition - Arlington (TX)

Freddy Martinez filed this request with the Arlington Police Department of Arlington, TX.
Due July 23, 2019
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: Freddy Martinez


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Records and materials related to the solicitation, acquisition, and use of face recognition technology and related software and services.
This software or services may be provided by Rekognition, Face++, and FaceFirst; this request is applicable to these and any other company providing facial recognition services under consideration or contract with this agency.

Responsive materials include but are not limited to:

• Agreements: contracts (including non-disclosure agreements), licensing agreements, nondisclosure agreements
• Bid records: Requests For Proposal (or equivalent calls for bids), sole source or limited source justification and approval documentation, documentation of selection, and other materials generated in the consideration and selection of the technology in question
• Company relations and communications: records related to meetings or follow-up actions with any vendors, companies, or other private entities marketing face recognition to this agency for immigration, intelligence, law enforcement, or other use.
• Financial records: purchase orders, invoices, and other memoranda and documentation.
• Marketing records: All marketing materials - unsolicited, requested, or otherwise - acquired from vendors of face recognition technology
• Policy records: any policy directives, guidance documents, memoranda, training materials, or similar records governing the use of face recognition technology for immigration, law enforcement, or other purposes. Any memoranda of understanding between this agency and other agencies to share data, access remote systems or other forms of information sharing with external agencies.
• Training records: training material governing the use, sharing, or access to any related data related to or collected by the face recognition software/technology, including the legal standard that is required before using the technology. Documents, should they exist, about training for bias in the use of facial recognition technology.
• Use and function records: Materials that describe the function of the software considered or in use by this agency, including emails, handouts, PowerPoint presentations, advertisements, or specification documents.
• Validation and accuracy: Records, reports, audits, and other documents sufficient to describe validation, accuracy, reliability, and policy compliance of the system.

Please limit the search to records produced from January 1, 2017 – present. Please include in your search as responsive records: communications, memorandums, background papers, meeting minutes, email exchanges, or presentation materials. If your office has questions about this request, please feel free to direct them to the address associated with this request or call the MuckRock office at 617-299-1832.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Freddy Martinez

From: Arlington Police Department

Hello Beryl Lipton and Freddy Martinez,

You both submitted almost identical requests for information regarding the solicitation, acquisition, and use of facial recognition software and services. Specifically you seek 9 categories of information related to the use of this type of service by the Arlington Police Department. Ensuring that the department gathers and reviews all responsive documents will require a diligent search across several divisions within the department. This will likely take over 5 hours of labor to identify the responsive documents.

Section 552.2615 of the Texas Government Code requires that a governmental body provide a requestor with an itemized statement of estimated charges if charges for public information will exceed $40.

Itemized estimated charges:
Labor (in limited circumstances): 6 hours @ $15/hour = $ 90.00
Overhead: 20% of Labor = $ 18.00
TOTAL ESTIMATED COST: $ 108.00
Deposit Required: $54.00

Please note that under the Texas Public Information Act these records are also available for inspection. Although there may be some costs associated with inspecting, these costs are likely to be significantly less than those associated with receiving copies of the responsive records. You may visit our offices during business hours and inspect the documents. It is strongly suggested that you make an appointment.

You, the requestor, must respond to this notice in writing, either by mail, in person, by facsimile, or by electronic mail. If your written response is not received within ten business days after the date this statement was sent, your request will be considered to have been automatically withdrawn. In your response, you must state that you:

1. Will accept the estimated charges:
2. Are modifying the request in response to the itemized statement; or
3. Have sent to the Texas Attorney General’s Office a complaint alleging that you have been overcharged for being provided with a copy of the public information.

Please note that when the total cost estimate exceeds $100, work will not begin until the deposit has been paid. Additionally, if a deposit is required, then payment of the deposit must be received within ten business days after the date this statement was sent, or your request will be considered to have been automatically withdrawn. Thank you for your prompt attention.

Sincerely,

DeAndrea Bradford
Assistant City Attorney

From: Arlington Police Department

Hello Beryl Lipton and Freddy Martinez,

You both submitted almost identical requests for information regarding the solicitation, acquisition, and use of facial recognition software and services. Specifically you seek 9 categories of information related to the use of this type of service by the Arlington Police Department. Ensuring that the department gathers and reviews all responsive documents will require a diligent search across several divisions within the department. This will likely take over 5 hours of labor to identify the responsive documents.

Section 552.2615 of the Texas Government Code requires that a governmental body provide a requestor with an itemized statement of estimated charges if charges for public information will exceed $40.

Itemized estimated charges:
Labor (in limited circumstances): 6 hours @ $15/hour = $ 90.00
Overhead: 20% of Labor = $ 18.00
TOTAL ESTIMATED COST: $ 108.00
Deposit Required: $54.00

Please note that under the Texas Public Information Act these records are also available for inspection. Although there may be some costs associated with inspecting, these costs are likely to be significantly less than those associated with receiving copies of the responsive records. You may visit our offices during business hours and inspect the documents. It is strongly suggested that you make an appointment.

You, the requestor, must respond to this notice in writing, either by mail, in person, by facsimile, or by electronic mail. If your written response is not received within ten business days after the date this statement was sent, your request will be considered to have been automatically withdrawn. In your response, you must state that you:

1. Will accept the estimated charges:
2. Are modifying the request in response to the itemized statement; or
3. Have sent to the Texas Attorney General’s Office a complaint alleging that you have been overcharged for being provided with a copy of the public information.

Please note that when the total cost estimate exceeds $100, work will not begin until the deposit has been paid. Additionally, if a deposit is required, then payment of the deposit must be received within ten business days after the date this statement was sent, or your request will be considered to have been automatically withdrawn. Thank you for your prompt attention.

Sincerely,

DeAndrea Bradford
Assistant City Attorney

From: Arlington Police Department

DO NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL AS IT WILL NOT BE RECEIVED**
07/12/2019

Freddy Martinez
DEPT MR 76490
Somerville, MA 02144-2516

RE: Open Records Request Status Notification

Dear Freddy Martinez,
Reference Number : W083070-070519 Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act, I hereby request the following records:
Records and materials related to the solicitation, acquisition, and use of face recognition technology and related software and services.
This software or services may be provided by Rekognition, Face++, and FaceFirst; this request is applicable to these and any other company providing facial recognition services under consideration or contract with this agency.
Responsive materials include but are not limited to:
• Agreements: contracts (including non-disclosure agreements), licensing agreements, nondisclosure agreements
• Bid records: Requests For Proposal (or equivalent calls for bids), sole source or limited source justification and approval documentation, documentation of selection, and other materials generated in the consideration and selection of the technology in question
• Company relations and communications: records related to meetings or follow-up actions with any vendors, companies, or other private entities marketing face recognition to this agency for immigration, intelligence, law enforcement, or other use.
• Financial records: purchase orders, invoices, and other memoranda and documentation.
• Marketing records: All marketing materials - unsolicited, requested, or otherwise - acquired from vendors of face recognition technology
• Policy records: any policy directives, guidance documents, memoranda, training materials, or similar records governing the use of face recognition technology for immigration, law enforcement, or other purposes. Any memoranda of understanding between this agency and other agencies to share data, access remote systems or other forms of information sharing with external agencies.
• Training records: training material governing the use, sharing, or access to any related data related to or collected by the face recognition software/technology, including the legal standard that is required before using the technology. Documents, should they exist, about training for bias in the use of facial recognition technology.
• Use and function records: Materials that describe the function of the software considered or in use by this agency, including emails, handouts, PowerPoint presentations, advertisements, or specification documents.
• Validation and accuracy: Records, reports, audits, and other documents sufficient to describe validation, accuracy, reliability, and policy compliance of the system.
Please limit the search to records produced from January 1, 2017 – present. Please include in your search as responsive records: communications, memorandums, background papers, meeting minutes, email exchanges, or presentation materials. If your office has questions about this request, please feel free to direct them to the address associated with this request or call the MuckRock office at 617-299-1832.
The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.
In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.
Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.
The current status of your request is : . Ready for Police Legal Review
We will notify you when your request has been finalized If you have questions about your Open Records Request, please contact Arlington Police Records Services at  817-459-5683.
Sincerely,
Records Services
Arlington Police Department

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