Facial Recognition - Jersey City (NJ)

Freddy Martinez filed this request with the Jersey City Police Department of Jersey City, NJ.
Tracking #

R002054-070919

Status
Completed

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From: Freddy Martinez

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the New Jersey Open Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

Records and materials related to the solicitation, acquisition, and use of face recognition technology and related software and services.
This software or services may be provided by Rekognition, Face++, and FaceFirst; this request is applicable to these and any other company providing facial recognition services under consideration or contract with this agency.

Responsive materials include but are not limited to:

• Agreements: contracts (including non-disclosure agreements), licensing agreements, nondisclosure agreements
• Bid records: Requests For Proposal (or equivalent calls for bids), sole source or limited source justification and approval documentation, documentation of selection, and other materials generated in the consideration and selection of the technology in question
• Company relations and communications: records related to meetings or follow-up actions with any vendors, companies, or other private entities marketing face recognition to this agency for immigration, intelligence, law enforcement, or other use.
• Financial records: purchase orders, invoices, and other memoranda and documentation.
• Marketing records: All marketing materials - unsolicited, requested, or otherwise - acquired from vendors of face recognition technology
• Policy records: any policy directives, guidance documents, memoranda, training materials, or similar records governing the use of face recognition technology for immigration, law enforcement, or other purposes. Any memoranda of understanding between this agency and other agencies to share data, access remote systems or other forms of information sharing with external agencies.
• Training records: training material governing the use, sharing, or access to any related data related to or collected by the face recognition software/technology, including the legal standard that is required before using the technology. Documents, should they exist, about training for bias in the use of facial recognition technology.
• Use and function records: Materials that describe the function of the software considered or in use by this agency, including emails, handouts, PowerPoint presentations, advertisements, or specification documents.
• Validation and accuracy: Records, reports, audits, and other documents sufficient to describe validation, accuracy, reliability, and policy compliance of the system.

Please limit the search to records produced from January 1, 2017 – present. Please include in your search as responsive records: communications, memorandums, background papers, meeting minutes, email exchanges, or presentation materials. If your office has questions about this request, please feel free to direct them to the address associated with this request or call the MuckRock office at 617-299-1832.

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 7 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Freddy Martinez

From: Jersey City Police Department

Dear Freddy Martinez:
Thank you for your interest in open public records of Jersey City OPRA Center.  This will serve to acknowledge receipt of your Open Public Records Act (OPRA) request.  Your request was received in this office on 7/9/2019.  Kindly refer to the reference number R002054-070919 when communicating with our office in this regard.  Your request mentioned:
Your request will be forwarded to the relevant City department(s) to locate the information you seek and to determine the volume and any costs associated with satisfying your request. You will be contacted about the availability and/or provided with copies of the records in question.  PLEASE NOTE: The State Public Information Act does not require a governmental body to create new information, to do legal research, or to answer questions.

Again, thank you for using the Jersey City OPRA Center.
Jersey City, NJ

From: Jersey City Police Department

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RE: OPEN PUBLIC RECORDS REQUEST of July 09, 2019, Reference # R002054-070919
Freddy Martinez:

The City received a public information request from you on July 09, 2019. Your request mentioned:
Reference is made to your OPRA request captioned above.
Please note that two additional weeks are needed for the processing of your request. Thank you for your patience.
Sincerely,
Vanessa Cartagena
Rcds Support Tech 1
Office of City Clerk

From: Jersey City Police Department

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RE: OPEN PUBLIC RECORDS REQUEST of July 09, 2019, Reference # R002054-070919
Freddy Martinez:

The City received a public information request from you on July 09, 2019. Your request mentioned:
Reference is made to your OPRA request captioned above.
Please note that two additional weeks are needed for the processing of your request. Thank you for your patience.
Sincerely,
Vanessa Cartagena
Rcds Support Tech 1
Office of City Clerk

From: Jersey City Police Department

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RE: OPEN PUBLIC RECORDS REQUEST of July 09, 2019, Reference # R002054-070919
Freddy Martinez:

The City received a public information request from you on July 09, 2019. Your request mentioned:
The City conducted its search and no responsive records were located. According to multiple City offices, there are no contracts dealing with facial recognition at this time. This OPRA request is now deemed closed.
Sincerely,
Vanessa Cartagena
Rcds Support Tech 1
Office of City Clerk

From: Freddy Martinez

FOIA officers,

Respectfully, we request you remand this search for records. We know that industry groups routinely try to meet with police department to pitch them on facial recognition technology. As such, we should expect to email records.

However, our public records request goes beyond just the purchase of these systems by Jersey City Police Department. We are not asking if you have purchased the technology. We also requested documentation about any MOUs or other forms of agreements between your police department and other police departments to access it. We asked for a whole range of records, none of which the letter addresses.

Freddy Martinez
Policy Analyst, Open the Government

From: Jersey City Police Department

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Dear Mr. Martinez,
The City received your later dated September 25, 2019 on October 22, 2019.  Offices will be re-contacted about the items of concern that you raised.  The City will have an answer for you within the next 2 weeks. Thank you for contacting us and thank you for your patience.
To monitor the progress or update this request please log into the Jersey City OPRA Center. (https://u8387795.ct.sendgrid.net/wf/click?upn=Ow1KccipsoIsnXbuEgm-2FN9nQG2RQwBWfGr-2F-2BMpuFYWnF-2BBr9kfbmhRLyYwzQ9ZHgrbV-2BMYi-2FP5LbXJor4z6y58-2BOID5DdC8aAQKsrdZOuIQ-3D_TeRcG7mpbIr0sVL0ComPnlZQSgv2XtUPeM9rTYrZ4xSBdD3euuaukf-2FFy7Wey19WMzHSYDcj8a-2FNYTkjinD7SUounM75HHrOXhcVwrTAJCxIVqoogPOzcTbYOpuOjJO25s92re0Fnra6uQ8cqpIecbGadyQuQzUS8zar7LcECsr3OK5VTTJ2YT5uw9gjRRKyej-2Fuqi9TsLtIkSAP40Js-2FlNirPqYSpegIeyRA-2FmUyRSnmA427fnjgxa4id04wAPWDpB-2BB9-2BoFifZLxRaF3ThgWduXe7pC-2FvnHPpuK1L1xysQzRfIiae0VyaKOCI0wLp9xVjoZtpz8JFQsK6vD0ik5ONDOabKYqJAWVYYyMpV0-2FnlEkb347iX9fWYdKpf1OsHkCj6OZ7SMokEFBqSSpVTuQ-3D-3D)

From: Jersey City Police Department

Hello,

Unfortunately your email was not recognized and has not been routed accordingly.  Please be advised that if you wish to submit a new request or check on the status of an already submitted request, you should visit the Public Records Center. Description: TO: "Jersey City OPRA Center"[jerseycity@mycusthelp.net]

Jersey City Police Department
OPRA Office
Floor 4
1 Journal Square Plaza
Jersey City, NJ 07306
November 8, 2019
This is a follow up to request number R002054-070919:
To Whom It May Concern:
I wanted to follow up on the following New Jersey Open Public Records Act request, copied below, and originally submitted on July 8, 2019. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response. You had assigned it reference number #R002054-070919.
Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.
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From: Jersey City Police Department

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RE: OPEN PUBLIC RECORDS REQUEST of July 09, 2019, Reference # R002054-070919

Dear Freddy Martinez,

In response to your last inquiry, the City conducted an additional search and found e-mails concerning meetings with a vendor.  Various PIN numbers and URLs for the meetings were redacted pursuant to N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1.1 which states that a government record shall not include "administrative or technical information regarding computer hardware, software and networks which, if disclosed, would jeopardize computer security."   Please log in to the Jersey City OPRA Center at the following link to retrieve the appropriate responsive documents.
Open Public Records Act - R002054-070919 (https://u8387795.ct.sendgrid.net/wf/click?upn=Ow1KccipsoIsnXbuEgm-2FN9nQG2RQwBWfGr-2F-2BMpuFYWnF-2BBr9kfbmhRLyYwzQ9ZHgNN8Hp9OuCfBtG2oAOqjacqrKGgAgguTJcvA7Pm0jInq5-2BjPa9ReLOpDy31EjWng6_TeRcG7mpbIr0sVL0ComPnlZQSgv2XtUPeM9rTYrZ4xSBdD3euuaukf-2FFy7Wey19WMzHSYDcj8a-2FNYTkjinD7SZpRJu9ZeJxSHazFMLBkYJP8uBoJiBwHwvIKiVEw9KZ0ORHSKHShquBnXk6niJOfcacUUlXtDXaP49yYe1KeP2tMl0dx42m8Yg6tLMtFi2Srb-2Bx7uoTobOnizYK5YDlAA7EvIEioNV2YS2mX94B4CUP9TyhyEKgFqf8i2n19MRtaNqGviXmv-2B9q4j8TzjaXxAOecD4INZeEijePismImKs-2BM255ckD5kqBJ0LLa-2FnmZXWVV3OTYJpKt29BRU-2B9TnWmXCmhkMBFDpvlAv9meBBoPREUbIqH2b8QBBzKlv48ssYMxIsXn9g-2BAbQAi2-2BSHaAA-3D-3D)

Sincerely,
John McKinney
Assistant Corporation Counsel
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From: Jersey City Police Department

Dear Freddy,
We received your request for password assistance on 11/18/2019 4:15 PM. Below is your temporary password. Please use it to access your account on the Jersey City OPRA Records Center. When you access your account, please create a permanent password that only you can remember. (https://jerseycity.mycusthelp.com/WEBAPP/_rs/CustomerIssues.aspx)
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Temporary Password: dc1e84d5809341c
Thank you,

Custodian of Records
Jersey City, NJ

From: Jersey City Police Department

Dear Freddy,
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Thank you,

Custodian of Records
Jersey City, NJ
Jersey City OPRA Records Center (https://jerseycity.mycusthelp.com/WEBAPP/_rs/CustomerIssues.aspx)

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