Mobile Biometric Technologies (King County Sheriff's Office)

Michael Morisy filed this request with the King County Sheriff's Office of King County, WA.

It is a clone of this request.

Tracking # P002475-081415
Due Aug. 21, 2015
Est. Completion Sept. 25, 2015
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 RCW Ch. 42.56 (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.

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

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Record(s) Requested: 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 agenciesdeploy mobile biometric technologies.Mobile biometric technologies can be defined as any mobile device or mobile appused by law enforcement agencies to scan, capture, analyze, store, or automaticallyrecognize any physical or biological characteristic of a subject. Commonly usedmobile biometric technologies include fingerprint/thumbprint collection, facialrecognition, scans of the iris or other elements of the human eye, Rapid DNA, andtattoo recognition. (Please see below for examples.)Pursuant to RCW Ch. 42.56 (Public Records Act), I request the following recordspertaining to mobile biometric technologies, including those listed above, as well asother biometric technologies I have not identified:1) Purchasing and procurement documents, including but not limited to: purchaseorders, RFPs, responses to RFPs, invoices and contracts2) Policy, procedural, and training documents, including but not limited to: usepolicies, standard operating procedures, training materials, presentations, privacyassessments, data retention policies, and other guidelines3) Programming documents, including but not limited to: funding opportunityannouncements, grant applications and grantor status/progress reports, reports tolegislative bodies, annual reports4) Audit documents, including but not limited to: audits of the system, misusereports, and reports to oversight bodiesIn your response, I would appreciate that you individually address each of the abovecategories of documents individually.In addition to the above classes of documents, I am also seeking the followinginformation:- The total number of individuals whose biometric data has been collected over thelast 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 databaseand under what conditions,- Whether biometric data is combined with biographic data such as name andaddress in the database, and- The process by which data is entered into the databaseThese documents will be published online and inform the public dialog over policetechnology. Because of the great public interest in these issues, I ask that you waiveany fees. If your agency is unable to do so, please contact me with an estimate ofthe costs.Thank you.Sincerely,Michael MorisyExamples:Mobile facial recognitionhttp://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/nov/08/cir-facial-recognition-software-sandiego/Mobile fingerprint readershttp://www.policechiefmagazine.org/magazine/index.cfm?fuseaction=display_arch&article_id=1824&issue_id=62009Mobile iris scannershttp://www.reuters.com/article/2011/07/20/us-crime-identification-irisidUSTRE76J4A120110720Rapid DNAhttp://www.policemag.com/channel/technology/articles/2014/02/speeding-up-dnaanalysis.aspxMobile Tattoo Recognitionhttp://www.lawofficer.com/articles/print/volume-10/issue-4/features/newsmartphone-app-interprets.htmlFiled via MuckRock.comE-mail (Preferred): 20532-87013676@requests.muckrock.comFor mailed responses, please address (see note):MuckRockDEPT MR 20532PO Box 55819Boston, MA 02205-5819PLEASE NOTE: This request was filed by a MuckRock staff reporter. Also note thatimproperly addressed (i.e., with the requester's name rather than "MuckRock News"and the department number) requests might be returned as undeliverable.

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Subject: Public Disclosure Request Reference# P002475-081415
Dear Michael,
Thank you for your request made via the King County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) Online Request System on August 14, 2015. You requested:
“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 agenciesdeploy mobile biometric technologies.Mobile biometric technologies can be defined as any mobile device or mobile appused by law enforcement agencies to scan, capture, analyze, store, or automaticallyrecognize any physical or biological characteristic of a subject. Commonly usedmobile biometric technologies include fingerprint/thumbprint collection, facialrecognition, scans of the iris or other elements of the human eye, Rapid DNA, andtattoo recognition. (Please see below for examples.)Pursuant to RCW Ch. 42.56 (Public Records Act), I request the following recordspertaining to mobile biometric technologies, including those listed above, as well asother biometric technologies I have not identified:1) Purchasing and procurement documents, including but not limited to: purchaseorders, RFPs, responses to RFPs, invoices and contracts2) Policy, procedural, and training documents, including but not limited to: usepolicies, standard operating procedures, training materials, presentations, privacyassessments, data retention policies, and other guidelines3) Programming documents, including but not limited to: funding opportunityannouncements, grant applications and grantor status/progress reports, reports tolegislative bodies, annual reports4) Audit documents, including but not limited to: audits of the system, misusereports, and reports to oversight bodiesIn your response, I would appreciate that you individually address each of the abovecategories of documents individually.In addition to the above classes of documents, I am also seeking the followinginformation:- The total number of individuals whose biometric data has been collected over thelast 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 databaseand under what conditions,- Whether biometric data is combined with biographic data such as name andaddress in the database, and- The process by which data is entered into the databaseThese documents will be published online and inform the public dialog over policetechnology. Because of the great public interest in these issues, I ask that you waiveany fees. If your agency is unable to do so, please contact me with an estimate ofthe costs.Thank you.Sincerely,Michael MorisyExamples:Mobile facial recognitionhttp://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/nov/08/cir-facial-recognition-software-sandiego/Mobile fingerprint readershttp://www.policechiefmagazine.org/magazine/index.cfm?fuseaction=display_arch&article_id=1824&issue_id=62009Mobile iris scannershttp://www.reuters.com/article/2011/07/20/us-crime-identification-irisidUSTRE76J4A120110720Rapid DNAhttp://www.policemag.com/channel/technology/articles/2014/02/speeding-up-dnaanalysis.aspxMobile Tattoo Recognitionhttp://www.lawofficer.com/articles/print/volume-10/issue-4/features/newsmartphone-app-interprets.htmlFiled via MuckRock.comE-mail (Preferred): 20532-87013676@requests.muckrock.comFor mailed responses, please address (see note):MuckRockDEPT MR 20532PO Box 55819Boston, MA 02205-5819PLEASE NOTE: This request was filed by a MuckRock staff reporter. Also note thatimproperly addressed (i.e., with the requester's name rather than "MuckRock News"and the department number) requests might be returned as undeliverable.
The KCSO is experiencing a high volume of open requests and we must coordinate our response with other units in the Sheriff’s Office. We anticipate our response – or first installment – to you on or before 09/25/2015. Please reply to this message or log in to the Online Request System if you have any questions or would like to update or cancel this request.
Sincerely,
JOHN URQUHART, King County Sheriff
Johanna Loomis | Paralegal | Public Disclosure Unit
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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. 14, 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.

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Thank you for your inquiry. On August 19, 2015, we responded via our online records request system with a 5-day letter and date for a response and/or first installment of responsive records. That date is on or before September 25, 2015. See attached as reference. Your request requires extensive research and coordination with other sections of the KCSO to identify responsive records, if they exist.

If you have additional questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Thank you and have a nice day!

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Subject: Public Disclosure Request Reference# P002475-081415
Dear Michael,
Thank you for your request made via the King County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) Online Request System on August 14, 2015. You requested:
“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 agenciesdeploy mobile biometric technologies.Mobile biometric technologies can be defined as any mobile device or mobile appused by law enforcement agencies to scan, capture, analyze, store, or automaticallyrecognize any physical or biological characteristic of a subject. Commonly usedmobile biometric technologies include fingerprint/thumbprint collection, facialrecognition, scans of the iris or other elements of the human eye, Rapid DNA, andtattoo recognition. (Please see below for examples.)Pursuant to RCW Ch. 42.56 (Public Records Act), I request the following recordspertaining to mobile biometric technologies, including those listed above, as well asother biometric technologies I have not identified:1) Purchasing and procurement documents, including but not limited to: purchaseorders, RFPs, responses to RFPs, invoices and contracts2) Policy, procedural, and training documents, including but not limited to: usepolicies, standard operating procedures, training materials, presentations, privacyassessments, data retention policies, and other guidelines3) Programming documents, including but not limited to: funding opportunityannouncements, grant applications and grantor status/progress reports, reports tolegislative bodies, annual reports4) Audit documents, including but not limited to: audits of the system, misusereports, and reports to oversight bodiesIn your response, I would appreciate that you individually address each of the abovecategories of documents individually.In addition to the above classes of documents, I am also seeking the followinginformation:- The total number of individuals whose biometric data has been collected over thelast 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 databaseand under what conditions,- Whether biometric data is combined with biographic data such as name andaddress in the database, and- The process by which data is entered into the databaseThese documents will be published online and inform the public dialog over policetechnology. Because of the great public interest in these issues, I ask that you waiveany fees. If your agency is unable to do so, please contact me with an estimate ofthe costs.Thank you.Sincerely,Michael MorisyExamples:Mobile facial recognitionhttp://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/nov/08/cir-facial-recognition-software-sandiego/Mobile fingerprint readershttp://www.policechiefmagazine.org/magazine/index.cfm?fuseaction=display_arch&article_id=1824&issue_id=62009Mobile iris scannershttp://www.reuters.com/article/2011/07/20/us-crime-identification-irisidUSTRE76J4A120110720Rapid DNAhttp://www.policemag.com/channel/technology/articles/2014/02/speeding-up-dnaanalysis.aspxMobile Tattoo Recognitionhttp://www.lawofficer.com/articles/print/volume-10/issue-4/features/newsmartphone-app-interprets.htmlFiled via MuckRock.comE-mail (Preferred): 20532-87013676@requests.muckrock.comFor mailed responses, please address (see note):MuckRockDEPT MR 20532PO Box 55819Boston, MA 02205-5819PLEASE NOTE: This request was filed by a MuckRock staff reporter. Also note thatimproperly addressed (i.e., with the requester's name rather than "MuckRock News"and the department number) requests might be returned as undeliverable.
The KCSO has located documents responsive to your request.  A file containing the documents has been uploaded to our record retrieval system. Please log in to the Records Center at the following link to retrieve the records:
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We are continuing to look for documents responsive to your request.  We anticipate having the next installment of documents to you no later than November 13, 2015.  If we can have them to you sooner we certainly will.  Please reply to this message or log in to the Online Request System if you have any questions or would like to update or cancel this request.
Sincerely,
JOHN URQUHART, King County Sheriff
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From: Michael Morisy

Hi,

We logged into the portal, and there was a message stating that the request was complete and the documents were uploaded, but it looks like the documents weren't attached to our request. I couldn't see a way to follow up in your system; so could the documents be re-uploaded?

Thanks!

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