El Paso IRIS

Grace Raih filed this request with the El Paso County Sherriff's Office of El Paso, TX.
Tracking # OR2017-22856
Due July 31, 2017
Est. Completion None
Awaiting Response


From: El Paso County Sherriff's Office

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Grace Raih

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

On April 3rd, 2017 The Southwestern Border Sheriffs’ Coalition entered into a partnership with B12 Technologies to expand SBSC's biometric identification program. According to the Executive Director of SBSB, El Paso was tentatively scheduled to begin implementation on April 24th, 2017 and planned to be fully operational in 30 days. http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170406006132/en/Southwestern-Border-Sheriffs%E2%80%99-Coalition-SBSC-immediately-improving

The following request refers to the technologies procured by El Paso County Sheriff's Office:

Purchasing and procurement documents for biometrics devices, including but not limited to: purchase orders, RFPs, responses to RFPs, invoices and contracts.

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. This applies to both stationary, in-house biometrics devices as well as in the field mobile, Smartphone-based, multi-modal (iris, fingerprint and facial biometrics identification) devices.

Audit documents, including but not limited to: audits of the system, misuse reports, and reports to oversight bodies

In addition to these documents I am also seeking the following data:
- The total number of individuals who have been identified through the use of biometrics devices
- The retention period for biometric data.
- The total number of [biometric data points] contained in the agency’s database
- The retention period for biometric data
- The number of mobile and stationary biometrics devices purchased and in use
- The total number of authorized users of the stationary and 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

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.


Grace Raih

From: Irma Murillo

Good afternoon Ms. Raih,

Please see our response to the PIA request to the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.
Thank you,

Irma Mariza Murillo
El Paso County Attorney's Office
Paralegal - Sheriff's Legal Unit
3850 Justice Drive
El Paso, Texas 79938
Tel: 915/538-2123
Fax: 915/546-2133

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From: El Paso County Sherriff's Office

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.