Sheriff comms with ACLU-WA about biometric identifier systems

Phil Mocek filed this request with the King County Sheriff's Office of King County, WA.
Tracking #

P024003-080618

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Fix Required

Communications

From: Phil Mocek

To Whom It May Concern:

In a story published August 3, 2018, about a tax levy that would fund an automated fingerprint identification system ("Property Tax Levy for Law Enforcement Fingerprinting System Could Lead to Facial Recognition," <https://www.seattleweekly.com/news/property-tax-levy-for-law-enforcement-fingerprinting-software-could-lead-to-facial-recognition/>), Josh Kelety of Seattle Weekly reported that the King County plans to purchase a new AFIS system that is capable also of performing face recognition and that King County Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht "said at Thursday’s press conference that her office has `spent a lot of time talking with the ACLU and discussing this with their technology expert'."

Pursuant to the Washington Public Records Act, I hereby request all records of the communication between the sheriff's office and ACLU to which Ms. Johanknecht referred at her press conference on Thursday, August 2, 2018, when she said that her office had spent "a lot of time" discussing AFIS and face recognition with ACLU staff.

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 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Phil Mocek

From: King County Sheriff's Office

Dear Phil:

Thank you for your interest in obtaining public records held by the King County Sheriff’s Office. Your request has been received and is being processed. Your request was received in this office on August 06, 2018 and given the reference number P024003-080618 for tracking purposes.

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Record(s) Requested: To Whom It May Concern:In a story published August 3, 2018, about a tax levy that would fund an automated fingerprint identification system ("Property Tax Levy for Law Enforcement Fingerprinting System Could Lead to Facial Recognition," ), Josh Kelety of Seattle Weekly reported that the King County plans to purchase a new AFIS system that is capable also of performing face recognition and that King County Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht "said at Thursday’s press conference that her office has `spent a lot of time talking with the ACLU and discussing this with their technology expert'."Pursuant to the Washington Public Records Act, I hereby request all records of the communication between the sheriff's office and ACLU to which Ms. Johanknecht referred at her press conference on Thursday, August 2, 2018, when she said that her office had spent "a lot of time" discussing AFIS and face recognition with ACLU staff.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 5 business days, as the statute requires.Sincerely,Phil MocekFiled via MuckRock.comE-mail (Preferred): 59044-12567229@requests.muckrock.comUpload documents directly: https://www.muckrock.com/accounts/agency_login/king-county-sheriffs-office-2399/sheriff-comms-with-aclu-wa-about-biometric-identifier-systems-59044/?email=KCSOlegal%40kingcounty.gov&uuid-login=73bbcb00-d3eb-493d-b211-73137f32f77d#agency-replyIs this email coming to the wrong contact? Something else wrong? Use the above link to let us know.For mailed responses, please address (see note):MuckRock NewsDEPT MR 59044411A Highland AveSomerville, MA 02144-2516PLEASE NOTE: This request is not filed by a MuckRock staff member, but is being sent through MuckRock by the above in order to better track, share, and manage public records requests. Also note that improperly 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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From: King County Sheriff's Office

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Subject: Public Disclosure Request Reference# P024003-080618 Dear Phil, Thank you for your request made via the King County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) on August 06, 2018. You requested: (%5bREQUEST_VIEW_HREF%5d) Online Request System “To Whom It May Concern: In a story published August 3, 2018, about a tax levy that would fund an automated fingerprint identification system ("Property Tax Levy for Law Enforcement Fingerprinting System Could Lead to Facial Recognition," <https:>), Josh Kelety of Seattle Weekly reported that the King County plans to purchase a new AFIS system that is capable also of performing face recognition and that King County Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht "said at Thursday’s press conference that her office has `spent a lot of time talking with the ACLU and discussing this with their technology expert'."
Pursuant to the Washington Public Records Act, I hereby request all records of the communication between the sheriff's office and ACLU to which Ms. Johanknecht referred at her press conference on Thursday, August 2, 2018, when she said that her office had spent "a lot of time" discussing AFIS and face recognition with ACLU staff.
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 5 business days, as the statute requires.
Sincerely,
Phil Mocek
Filed via MuckRock.com
E-mail (Preferred): requests@muckrock.com
Upload documents directly: https://www.muckrock.com/accounts/agency_login/king-county-sheriffs-office-2399/sheriff-comms-with-aclu-wa-about-biometric-identifier-systems-59044/?email=KCSOlegal%40kingcounty.gov&uuid-login=73bbcb00-d3eb-493d-b211-73137f32f77d#agency-reply
Is this email coming to the wrong contact? Something else wrong? Use the above link to let us know.
For mailed responses, please address (see note):
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 59044
411A Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02144-2516
PLEASE NOTE: This request is not filed by a MuckRock staff member, but is being sent through MuckRock by the above in order to better track, share, and manage public records requests. Also note that improperly addressed (i.e., with the requester's name rather than "MuckRock News" and the department number) requests might be returned as undeliverable.”</https:>
The KCSO is experiencing a high volume of open requests, exceeding 600; of which 477 came in prior to your request. Under the Public Records Act, a requester must ask for “identifiable public records” before an agency is required to respond.  Reference RCW 42.56.080. Your request for communications regarding communications “a lot of time discussing AFIS and face recognition with ACLU staff” is not entirely a request for identifiable records. Therefore, we will be responding to your request based on our interpretation of your request and identifiable search terms described below: We have interpreted your request as one for all communications between Sheriff Johanknecht and the ACLU regarding AFIS and Facial Recognition. Using the date range of January 1, 2018 to August 6, 2018, we will perform a search of Sheriff’s Johanknecht’s email account, including calendar events, using the following search terms: “AFIS” OR “Face Recognition” OR “Facial Recognition” OR “ACLU”. In addition, we will check with the Sheriff directly to determine if there are any other records that may be responsive to your request. If you do not agree with our interpretation of your request and the search terms described above, please let us know by September 13, 2018. If we don’t hear from you and depending upon the results of our email search using the search terms outlined above, we may be responding to your request through a series of installments. You can expect a first installment of responsive records by October 12, 2018. If we are unable to meet this self-imposed deadline, we will let you know. If we are able to provide a response sooner, we will certainly do so. Please reply to this message or log in to the Online Request System if you have any questions or would like to clarify or cancel this request. Sincerely, MITZI JOHANKNECHT, King County Sheriff
Kimberly Petty | Public Disclosure Program Manager | Sheriff's Administration 206.263.2630 | www.kingcounty.gov/sheriff
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