Mobile Biometric Technologies (Durham Police Department)

Michael Morisy filed this request with the Durham Police Department of Durham, NC.

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 North Carolina Public Records Law (G.S. §§ 132-1 through 132-10), 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: Bond, Marianne

Good morning,
I am in receipt of your email, dated August 9, 2015, directed to Randy Browning requesting records pertaining to mobile biometric technologies, including but not limited to: fingerprint/thumbprint collection, facial recognition, scans of the iris or other elements of the human eye, Rapid DNA, and tattoo recognition.
Please find below a reiteration of the records requested and corresponding responses:
1) Purchasing and procurement documents, including but not limited to: purchase orders, RFPs, responses to RFPs, invoices and contracts.
See attachments titled MOU and Purchase Orders
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.
See attached General Order 4079 titled Rapid Finger Print Identification Device, RapidID ppt, and RapidID Quick Overview
3) Programming documents, including but not limited to: funding opportunity announcements, grant applications and grantor status/progress reports, reports to legislative bodies, annual reports.
The Durham Police Department has no records responsive to this request.
4) Audit documents, including but not limited to: audits of the system, misuse reports, and reports to oversight bodies.
The Durham Police Department has no records responsive to this request.
Please find below a reiteration of your requests for information and corresponding responses:

1) The total number of individuals whose biometric data has been collected over the last three years
The Durham Police Department is unable to provide information responsive to this inquiry. The database accessed by the Durham Police Department for Rapid Fingerprint Identification is managed and controlled by the Raleigh/Wake City-County Bureau of Identification, not the Durham Police Department.
2) The total number of [biometric data points] contained in the agency's database
The Durham Police Department is unable to provide information responsive to this inquiry. The database accessed by the Durham Police Department for Rapid Fingerprint Identification is managed and controlled by the Raleigh/Wake City-County Bureau of Identification, not the Durham Police Department.
3) The retention period for biometric data
The Durham Police Department is unable to provide information responsive to this inquiry. The database accessed by the Durham Police Department for Rapid Fingerprint Identification is managed and controlled by the Raleigh/Wake City-County Bureau of Identification, not the Durham Police Department.
4) The number of mobile biometrics devices purchased and in use
Seventeen ( 17)
5) The total number of authorized users of the mobile biometrics devices
Seventeen (17)
6) Which external agencies and entities have access to biometric data in the database and under what conditions
The Durham Police Department is unable to provide information responsive to this inquiry. The database accessed by the Durham Police Department for Rapid Fingerprint Identification is managed and controlled by the Raleigh/Wake City-County Bureau of Identification, not the Durham Police Department.
7) Whether biometric data is combined with biographic data such as name and address in the database
Please refer to the attached material for the use and data which is displayed if a match is found in the database
8) The process by which data is entered into the database
The Durham Police Department is unable to provide information responsive to this inquiry. The database accessed by the Durham Police Department for Rapid Fingerprint Identification is managed and controlled by the Raleigh/Wake City-County Bureau of Identification, not the Durham Police Department.

Captain M. K. Bond
Executive Officer to the Chief of Police
Durham Police Department
505 W. Chapel Hill Street
Durham, NC 27701
O: 919-560-4322 (*29202)
F: 919-560-4971
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Under the provisions of G. S. 132-1.4 & 160A-168, the information contained herein may be confidential and not a public record, and is intended only for the use of the individual or entity named above. If you are not the intended recipient of this e-mail, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution or reproduction of this communication is not permitted. If you have received this e-mail in error, please delete all electronic copies, destroy all hard copies, and notify me immediately. Your cooperation will be appreciated

From: Michael Morisy

Hi Captain Bond,

Thank you so much for your quick and thorough response. It looks like some attachments you mentioned didn't come through. Could you re-send?

Thanks again for your help.

Michael

From: Bond, Marianne

Which attachments?

*sent from my iphone*

Captain M. K. Bond
Executive Officer to the Chief of Police Durham Police Department<x-apple-data-detectors://0/0>
505 W. Chapel Hill Street<x-apple-data-detectors://0/0>
Durham, NC 27701<x-apple-data-detectors://0/0>
O: 919-560-4322 (*29202)
F: 919-560-4971
marianne.bond@durhamnc.gov<mailto:marianne.bond@durhamnc.gov>

Under the provisions of G. S. 132-1.4 & 160A-168, the information contained herein may be confidential and not a public record, and is intended only for the use of the individual or entity named above. If you are not the intended recipient of this e-mail, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution or reproduction of this communication is not permitted. If you have received this e-mail in error, please delete all electronic copies, destroy all hard copies, and notify me immediately. Your cooperation will be appreciated.

From: Bond, Marianne

I will add the attachments again. Maybe they are being blocked

Captain M. K. Bond
Executive Officer to the Chief of Police
Durham Police Department
505 W. Chapel Hill Street
Durham, NC 27701
O: 919-560-4322 (*29202)
F: 919-560-4971
marianne.bond@durhamnc.gov<mailto:marianne.bond@durhamnc.gov>
http://Facebook.com/DurhamPoliceDepartment<http://facebook.com/DurhamPoliceDepartment>

Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DurhamPoliceNC

Under the provisions of G. S. 132-1.4 & 160A-168, the information contained herein may be confidential and not a public record, and is intended only for the use of the individual or entity named above. If you are not the intended recipient of this e-mail, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution or reproduction of this communication is not permitted. If you have received this e-mail in error, please delete all electronic copies, destroy all hard copies, and notify me immediately. Your cooperation will be appreciated

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