Mobile Biometric Technologies (Dallas Fusion Center)

Michael Morisy filed this request with the Dallas Fusion Center of Dallas, TX.

It is a clone of this request.

Tracking # 201513237
Status
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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 Texas Public Information Act, 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,

Michael Morisy

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: Reed-Podraza, Felicia


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. 9, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number # 2015-13237.

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

From: Reed-Podraza, Felicia

Mr. Morisy,

The open records request is still being processed. The process for Open Records is 20 business days not including holidays. If you have any question or need an status update for the request you may contact us at 214)671-3148.

Thank you

Felicia Reed-Podraza #8463

Officer Felicia Reed-Podraza #8463
Open Records Team
Office of the Chief of Staff
Dallas Police Department

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. 9, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number # 2015-13237.

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

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. 9, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number # 2015-13237.

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

From: Reed-Podraza, Felicia

Mr. Morisy,

The open record request is ready for pickup. I will send you a ready letter with the cost.

Thank you

Felicia Reed-Podraza #8463

Officer Felicia Reed-Podraza #8463
Open Records Team
Office of the Chief of Staff
Dallas Police Department

From: Reed-Podraza, Felicia


From: MuckRock

To Whom It May Concern:

Please find enclosed a check for $1.86 to satisfy the fee associated with the attached public records request.

Thank you.

From: Dallas Fusion Center

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

From: Dallas Fusion Center

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

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