Mobile Biometric Technologies (Brevard County Sheriff)

Michael Morisy filed this request with the Brevard County Sheriff of Brevard County, FL.

It is a clone of this request.

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From: Michael Morisy

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 Florida's Sunshine Law (Fla. Stat. secs. 119.01 to 119.15 (1995)), 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.

Sincerely,

Christopher McLeod

Examples:

Mobile facial recognition
http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/nov/08/cir-facial-recognition-software-san-diego/

Mobile fingerprint readers
http://www.policechiefmagazine.org/magazine/index.cfm?fuseaction=display_arch&article_id=1824&issue_id=62009

Mobile iris scanners
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/07/20/us-crime-identification-iris-idUSTRE76J4A120110720

Rapid DNA
http://www.policemag.com/channel/technology/articles/2014/02/speeding-up-dna-analysis.aspx

Mobile Tattoo Recognition
http://www.lawofficer.com/articles/print/volume-10/issue-4/features/new-smartphone-app-interprets.html

From: Holt, Debra

Thank you for submitting your public records request to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Records Unit. This message is being provided as confirmation your request has been received. If you need to contact our office as to the status of your request, please call (321) 264-5214. When contacting our office, please advise the phone receptionist that you are inquiring about a request previously sent via email.
Regards,

Debbie Holt, Records Manager
Brevard County Sheriff's Office
700 S. Park Avenue
Titusville, FL 32780
Phone: (321) 264-5214
Fax: (321) 264-5314

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Aug. 16, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

From: Holt, Debra

Mr. McLeod,

Your initial request was forwarded to our IT Department for completion; I have requested the status and will respond as soon as I have an answer.

Thank you for your patience.

Debbie

Debbie Holt, Records Manager
Brevard County Sheriff's Office
700 S. Park Avenue
Titusville, FL 32780
Phone: (321) 264-5214
Fax: (321) 264-5314

From: Holt, Debra

Mr. McLeod,

I spoke to the Budget Director and IT Department; they expect to have a response to you by Friday.

Thank you for your continued patience.
Regards,
Debbie

From: Holt, Debra

Mr. McLeod,

Attached is an estimate to complete your public records request. Once the invoice is paid, we will promptly begin processing the request.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Regards,
Debbie

Debbie Holt, Records Manager
Brevard County Sheriff's Office
700 S. Park Avenue
Titusville, FL 32780
Phone: (321) 264-5214
Fax: (321) 264-5314

From: Michael Morisy

Hi,

Thanks so much for your help with this request. I was wondering if you could tell us which of the biometric technologies this office has so that we can narrow our request?

Thanks!

From: Holt, Debra

Thank you for submitting your public records request to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Records Unit. This message is being provided as confirmation your request has been received. If you need to contact our office as to the status of your request, please call (321) 264-5214. When contacting our office, please advise the phone receptionist that you are inquiring about a request previously sent via email.
Regards,

Debbie Holt, Records Manager
Brevard County Sheriff's Office
700 S. Park Avenue
Titusville, FL 32780
Phone: (321) 264-5214
Fax: (321) 264-5314

From: Holt, Debra

Mr. McLeod,

Please refer to the response from our IT Department below and let me know if this answers your question.

Thank you,
Debbie
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From: McDonough, Julie
Sent: Thursday, October 01, 2015 3:06 PM
To: Urie, Robert <robert.urie@bcso.us>
Cc: Holt, Debra <debra.holt@bcso.us>
Subject: RE: Sunshine Law Request: Mobile Biometric Technologies (Brevard County Sheriff)

The devices are Motorola MC75 handheld devices. They do not store any biometric data – they simply relay it through an encrypted tunnel to our local server that does not store it but then funnels the request directly to the FDLE Falcon system.

Is that what you’re looking for?



From: Holt, Debra
Sent: Wednesday, September 30, 2015 2:51 PM
To: Pelham, Gregory <gregory.pelham@bcso.us>; Urie, Robert <robert.urie@bcso.us>
Subject: FW: Sunshine Law Request: Mobile Biometric Technologies (Brevard County Sheriff)

Checking on the status of this request…It’s been a week.

Thanks!
Debbie

From: Holt, Debra
Sent: Thursday, September 24, 2015 1:26 PM
To: Urie, Robert <robert.urie@bcso.us>
Cc: Pelham, Gregory <gregory.pelham@bcso.us>
Subject: FW: Sunshine Law Request: Mobile Biometric Technologies (Brevard County Sheriff)

Requestor is wanting to narrow the request but needs clarification as stated below.

Thanks,
Debbie

From: Michael Morisy

Hi,

Thanks so much for your help with this request! That answers the question we had and I consider this closed. Much appreciated.

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