Mobile Biometric Technologies

Dave Maass filed this request with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department of Indianapolis, IN.

It is a clone of this request.

Due Sept. 11, 2015
Est. Completion None
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Awaiting Response

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From: Dave Maass

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 Indiana Access to Public Records 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.

Sincerely,

Dave Maass
Investigative Researcher
Electronic Frontier Foundation

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. 6, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Adams, Kendale

Hello, we acknowledge your request. Your request has been forwarded to City of Indianapolis Public Access Counselor for review.

Respectfully submitted,

Kendale Adams
Sergeant – Media Relations
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department
Department of Public Safety
50 N. Alabama St. T-120
Indianapolis, IN. 46240
(317) 327-3730 direct
(317) 327-3424 office
(317) 775-1539 mobile
kendale.adams@indy.gov<mailto:kendale.adams@indy.gov>
IMPD Leadership Academy #2011-01
Southern Police Institute #133

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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. 6, 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: Paicely, Justin A.

Ok, I’ve had a chance to look over this again. I’d say some of it’s not very specific but if we do have the reports and/or data that he’s looking for we can go ahead and put together a cost letter and give it to him. As for number 1 (contracts, RFPs), those are online, right?

Justin A. Paicely
Deputy City Prosecutor
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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. 6, 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: Adams, Kendale

Hello,

We are working to secure the publicly accessible documents. We hope to have something soon.

Respectfully submitted,

Kendale Adams
Sergeant - Media Relations
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department
Department of Public Safety
50 N. Alabama St. T-120
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 327 - 3730 direct
(317) 327 - 3424 office
(317) 775 - 1539 mobile
kendale.adams@indy.gov<mailto:kendale.adams@indy.gov>
IMPD Leadership Academy 2011-01
Southern Police Institute #133

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From: Paicely, Justin A.

Sounds good, Tiffany can get out a cost letter when the time comes, thanks!

Justin

Justin A. Paicely
Asst. Corporation Counsel
Office of Corporation Counsel
200 E. Washington Street, Suite 1601
Indianapolis, IN 46204
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From: Dave Maass

Howdy,

Just a heads up that I think y'all are including me on internal emails discussing the response to my records request.

It sounds like you think the request is vague and may involve significant costs on your end. Would you like to discuss ways that I might narrow my request?

From: Adams, Kendale

Sir, we are close to fulfilling portions of your request. We hope to have this fulfilled by the end of next week.

Respectfully submitted,

Kendale Adams
Sergeant – Media Relations
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department
Department of Public Safety
50 N. Alabama Street T-120
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 327-3424 office
(317) 327-3730 direct
(317) 775-1539 mobile
kendale.adams@indy.gov<mailto:kendale.adams@indy.gov>
IMPD Leadership Academy 2011-01
Southern Police Institute #133

Police-Fire-Homeland Security-Indianapolis Animal Care and Control-Indianapolis EMS-Indianapolis Public Safety Communication

From: Dave Maass

Thank you very much. I look forward to it.

From: Indianapolis Police Department

A letter stating the requester must agree to or prepay assessed or estimated fees in order for the agency to continue processing the request.

From: Dave Maass

Thanks for the note. $5.16 is reasonable, and I've begun they payment process.

One quick question. In the letter, why does it say "ten (129) responsive pages" and "ten (129) pages"? Seems like we're talking about 129 pages, not 10.

From: Adams, Kendale

I believe that is a Tiffany question, of which they are off today…

From: MuckRock

To Whom It May Concern:

Please find enclosed a check for $5.16 to satisfy the fee associated with the attached public records request.

Thank you.

From: Guthrie, Tiffany R.

Good morning. I apologize for the mistake on my part. However, $5.16 is the correct amount that needs to be paid in order to receive the records. Additionally, there are 129 pages and not ten. Please let me know if you have any additional questions or concerns.

Thanks,
Tiffany Guthrie
Litigation Paralegal
City of Indianapolis
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From: Dave Maass

Hi - I just wanted to check whether you received the payment for the records and if I should expect them soon. Thank you.

From: Indianapolis Police Department

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

From: Indianapolis Police Department

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Guthrie, Tiffany R.

Good afternoon. I am mailing the records out today so you should have them in the next few days.

Thanks,
Tiffany Guthrie
Litigation Paralegal
City of Indianapolis
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From: Dave Maass

Thank you very much.

From: Dave Maass

Hello,

I have received the documents in the mail, but all of them refer only to mobile fingerprinting technology. There is nothing in these records regarding tattoo recognition (GARI - Gang Graffi ti Automatic Recognition and Interpretation System).

For reference: http://wishtv.com/2014/08/21/phone-app-that-tracks-gang-graffiti-under-used-impd-says/

Please provide these records as soon as possible.

From: Guthrie, Tiffany R.

Good morning. There are no documents responsive with that information because none exist.

Thanks,
Tiffany Guthrie
Litigation Paralegal
City of Indianapolis
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From: Dave Maass

Hi Tiffany -

I don't see how that's possible. IMPD has been working with this system since at least 2011 and start training staff on it again in 2013. I find it hard to believe that a program in use by IMPD for four years hasn't resulted in at least one public record.

Please let me know if you can check in again or if I should broaden my request in order to obtain relevant information.

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