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Facial recognition software and marketing - February 2019 (Chula Vista Police Department)

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Chula Vista Police Department of Chula Vista, CA.
Multi Request Facial recognition software and marketing - February 2019


From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the California Public Records 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.

Materials 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.

• 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

• 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.

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 calendar days, as the statute requires.


Beryl Lipton

From: Chula Vista Police Department

Good morning Beryl,

We received your PRA request for records for Facial recognition software and marketing for the Chula Vista Police Department. Due to the need to search for, collect and examine a number of separate and distinct records; therefore, pursuant to the provisions of Government Code Section 6253(c), the Police Department is asserting its authority to extend the time to reply. This assertion of the Department’s authority to extend the time to reply shall not serve as a waiver of any privileges or exemption to disclosure pursuant to applicable provisions of the CPRA and any other applicable statutory and/or case law authority.

In light of the above, this office will respond to your request on or before March 15, 2019 to inform you of if there are any responsive records. Thank you in advance for your patience and anticipated consideration regarding this matter.

Should you have any questions or require further assistance, please feel free to contact Police Support Services at (619) 691-5132.

Shannel Honor é
Police Support Services Manager
Chula Vista Police Department

From: Beryl Lipton


Thanks so much for this message. I'll look forward to hearing from your office again.

Have a great weekend,

From: Chula Vista Police Department


We searched our files and the Chula Vista Police Department does not have facial recognition software. However, we do have access to the ARJIS (Automated Regional Justice Information System) facial recognition application that is provided to CVPD and other ARJIS member agencies. Please check out the ARJIS websites directly for more information.

http://www.arjis.org/RegionalPolicies/ARJIS%20Facial%20Recognition%20AUP%20-%20Approved%20-%20Rev150213.pdf - Regional Policies

http://www.arjis.org/RegionalPolicies/Regional%20data%20sharing%20MOU.pdf - Data Sharing MOU
Let me know if you have any questions.


Shannel Honor é
Police Support Services Manager
Chula Vista Police Department

  • ARJIS20Facial20Recognition20AUP20-20Approved20-20Rev150213.pdf



  • 03/07/2019