Mobile Biometric Technologies (Dallas Police Department)

Michael Morisy filed this request with the Dallas Police Department of Dallas, TX.

It is a clone of this request.

Tracking # 2015-13237
Due Oct. 1, 2015
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

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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: 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.

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

From: GRP, OpenRecordUnit

Mr. Morisy,

Please be advised that we are still working on your request which is being processed under Request #: 2015-13237. You will be sent notification upon the completion of our process regarding any available records and the cost.

If you have any further questions please let us know.

Thank you and have a great day!

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.

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

From: GRP, OpenRecordUnit

We apologize for the delay in responding to your request. Please be advised that we are still working on it and will notify you as soon as the records become available for release.

If you have any further questions please contact the Open Records Team by calling (214) 671-3148. Thank you!

From: Monjaras, Aurelia

Mr. Morisy,

We were informed that a member of the Open Records Team (Ofc. Felicia Reed-Podraza) sent you an email on 10/13/15 to notify you of the availability of the requested records and the cost.

The email notification is in reference to Request #: 2015-13237.

Please let us know if you have any further questions or concerns.

Thank you and have a great day!

From: MuckRock

Hello,

Unfortunately, the email to which you refer was not received appropriately. Would you be please so kind as to resend it?

Thank you.

From: Monjaras, Aurelia

We apologize for the delay but the records in response to your request referenced above are available for release. There is one CD available and the cost is $1.86 (includes postage).

Please make your payment in the form of a check or money order made out to the City of Dallas and mail to:

Dallas Police Department
Attn: Open Records Team
1400 S. Lamar Street, 1st Floor
Dallas, Texas 75215

Make sure to reference Request #: 2015-13237 on your check or money order. Once payment is received the records will be mailed to you.

Thank you and have a great day!

From: MuckRock

Hello Ms. Monjaras,

Another request, identical to this one, was sent to the Dallas Fusion Center, and we received a letter from Felicia Reed-Podraza for Request Number 2015-13237. We have submitted a check for that request, and now we are wondering whether this request, also assigned 2015-13237, is the same and whether an additional payment of $1.86 will be necessary. Please let us know.

Thank you.

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