Facial Recognition - Corpus Christi (TX)
|Submitted||July 8, 2019|
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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.
From: Corpus Christi Police Department
Please see the attached letter that has been prepared for your open records request.
Corpus Christi Police Department
321 John Sartain Street
Corpus Christi, TX 78401
PH: (361) 886-2735
Open Records Email:
This message and any attachments may contain confidential information from my office. This is solely for use by the individual named as the recipient. if you are not that person, be aware that any disclosure, copying distribution or use of the contents of this message are prohibited.
From: Freddy Martinez
To Whom It May Concern:
I am appealing my records request that was sent on July 8, 2019 relating to the Corpus Christi Police Department's use and solicitation of facial recognition software. I do not believe that a reasonable search was conducted with regard to my request and would like for the search to be run again.
As stated in my last email, I am also looking for any communication regarding the potential implementation of facial recognition software. This includes any unsolicited proposals or marketing material from facial recognition companies to the Corpus Christi Police Department.
Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter.
From: City of Corpus Christi Water Department
Good Morning Mr. Martinez,
My name is Alexander Garcia and I am an attorney with the city of Corpus Christi. I recently received your appeal for an open records request (attached) to the Corpus Christi Police Department.
Please note, to make an appeal regarding an open record request, you must submit it to the Attorney General. The Corpus Christi Police Department has made a good faith effort to provide you with any records responsive to your request, however no such records exist. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.
Alexander E. Garcia
Assistant City Attorney
City of Corpus Christi
P.O. Box 9277
Corpus Christi, Texas 78469-9277
Telephone: (361) 826-3860
Facsimile: (361) 826-3239
Confidential and Privileged Attorney-Client Communication:
This email transmission and any attachment(s) may contain legally privileged or confidential information solely for use by the individual named as the recipient. If you are not the intended recipient, any dissemination, distribution, copying or other use of this communication is unauthorized. If you have received this communication in error, please immediately delete from your system, and destroy any copies.