Wednesday, April 23, 2014

FOI Request

Anonymized License Plate Recognition Records

Requested by ipsin on July 11, 2013 for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department of Los Angeles County, CA and rejected on July 16, 2013

Status: Rejected

From Brad Threatt on July 11, 2013:

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the California's Sunshine Amendment (Cal. Const. Art. I, ยง 3(b)) and the Calfiornia Public Records Act, I am requesting the following records:

A database of automated license plate recognition records scans captured by the LA Sheriff's Department in L.A. County between January 1st, 2013 and March 31st, 2013.

I am seeking these records in "any electronic format which holds the information", pursuant to the act. If privacy concerns might otherwise prevent the release of this data, it would be acceptable to replace each license plate as scanned with an anonymous identifier, such that the same license plate number has the same identifier across all data provided.

I do not believe that this information qualifies under the "intelligence information" exemption to the Public Records Act, as this vast majority of this information is not "related to criminal activity".

Specific records believed to be related to criminal activity can be removed from the set of data requested.

I would appreciate knowing the fees applicable in advance of your fulfilling my request. I would prefer this request be filled via electronic means (file transfer or download, for example), or by written media (CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, or removable media I can provide) if not.

Thank you in advance for your consideration of this request. I look forward to receiving your response.


Brad Threatt

From Sheriff's Department to MuckRock on July 16, 2013:

Rejection Letter
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A letter denying the request, citing exemptions from public records law.
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