Mobile Biometric Technologies (Bradford County Sheriff's Office)

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Bradford County Sheriff's Office of Bradford County, FL.
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From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Florida's Sunshine Law (Fla. Stat. secs. 119.01 to 119.15 (1995)), I hereby request the following records:

Dear Custodian of Records/Public Records Coordinator,

I am collaborating with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a public interest group, and the media organization MuckRock, to survey how law enforcement agencies deploy mobile biometric technologies.

Mobile biometric technologies can be defined as any mobile device or mobile app used by law enforcement agencies to scan, capture, analyze, store, or automatically recognize any physical or biological characteristic of a subject. Commonly used mobile biometric technologies include fingerprint/thumbprint collection, facial recognition, scans of the iris or other elements of the human eye, Rapid DNA, and tattoo recognition. (Please see below for examples.)

Pursuant to Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, §10, I request the following records pertaining to mobile biometric technologies, including those listed above, as well as other biometric technologies I have not identified:

1) Purchasing and procurement documents, including but not limited to: purchase orders, RFPs, responses to RFPs, invoices and contracts

2) Policy, procedural, and training documents, including but not limited to: use policies, standard operating procedures, training materials, presentations, privacy assessments, data retention policies, and other guidelines

3) Programming documents, including but not limited to: funding opportunity announcements, grant applications and grantor status/progress reports, reports to legislative bodies, annual reports

4) Audit documents, including but not limited to: audits of the system, misuse reports, and reports to oversight bodies

In your response, I would appreciate that you individually address each of the above categories of documents individually.

In addition to the above classes of documents, I am also seeking the following information:

- The total number of individuals whose biometric data has been collected over the last three years,
- The total number of [biometric data points] contained in the agency’s database
- The retention period for biometric data
- The number of mobile biometrics devices purchased and in use
- The total number of authorized users of the mobile biometrics devices
- Which external agencies and entities have access to biometric data in the database and under what conditions,
- Whether biometric data is combined with biographic data such as name and address in the database, and
- The process by which data is entered into the database

These documents will be published online and inform the public dialog over police technology. Because of the great public interest in these issues, I ask that you waive any fees. If your agency is unable to do so, please contact me with an estimate of the costs.

Thank you.


Tom Woods


Mobile facial recognition

Mobile fingerprint readers

Mobile iris scanners

Rapid DNA

Mobile Tattoo Recognition

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 would request your response within ten (10) business days.


Beryl Lipton

From: Brad Smith

Mr. Lipton, with apologies regarding this being your second request. I'm not sure what happened to the first fax you sent, but it was not our intention to not reply. As far as your request goes, we are in the process of purchasing, issuing and using mobile fingerprint scanners as our only kind of biometrics to be used by our agency. Due to financial restraints coupled with some IT issues and concerns this process has not progressed as we would have preferred. At this point in time my best answer to your request is that the Bradford County Sheriff's Office is moving towards these kinds of technological advances but has not fully established their use as of this date.

Captain Bradford Smith
Chief of Operations
Bradford County Sheriff's Office
Cell # (352)427-5944
Office # (904)966-6303

From: Beryl Lipton

Hello Captain Smith,

Thank you so much for this. Would it be possible to get a copy of the current RFP or has this process not progressed that far? I would be interested in receiving any simple documentation indicating that your department has plans, if not equipment.

Thanks again! Hope the evening is lovely!


From: Brad Smith

We have not reached the point of having a policy yet nor do we have any documentation. We are small enough to make the initial steps with one or two verbal conversations.

Captain Bradford Smith
Chief of Operations
Bradford County Sheriff’s Office
Cell # (352)427-5944
Office # (904)966-6303

From: Beryl Lipton

Hi Captain Smith,

Thanks so much for clarifying. If you could keep me posted when those materials start to surface, I would really appreciate that.

Hope you had a lovely weekend,