Mobile Biometric Technologies (Loudon County VA)

Dave Maass filed this request with the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office of Loudoun County, VA.


From: Tom Nash

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Virginia Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

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 Virginia Freedom of Information 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.


Tom Nash
Virginia resident
114 A S Boulevard
Richmond, Va.


Mobile facial recognition

Mobile fingerprint readers

Mobile iris scanners

Rapid DNA

Mobile Tattoo Recognition

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 fees cannot be waived, 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.


Tom Nash

From: Evans, Chandra

Mr. Nash,

Your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request has been forwarded to me for a response. Please note that this is first request I have seen submitted by you. The initial request for this information was sent to us on August 9, 2015 from Muckrock by Ms. Sarah Marquigny, (<>), I responded back on two separate occasions with an email to Ms. Marquigny asking her to verify her residency with no response back from her.

Please see below for our response to you.

1) Purchasing and procurement documents—no documents available—these units were purchased by Fairfax County Police Department and disseminated to all NCR jurisdictions.

2) Policy, procedure and training documents---training PowerPoint attached---provided by Fairfax County and modified to fit LCSO; disseminated to users of Mobile AFIS.

3) Programming documents, grant applications, annual reports---no documents available.

4) Total number of individuals whose information was collected over last three years---no documents available.

5) Total number of biometric data points in database---no documents available---contact Fairfax County PD.

6) Retention period---no documents available---contact Fairfax County PD.

7) Number of devices purchased and in use---no documents available---LCSO did not purchase---see Fairfax County PD---32 Mobile AFIS devices provided to LCSO free of charge by Fairfax County PD.

8) Total number of users---32.

9) External agencies which have access to data in database---no documents available.

10) Biometric data combined with biographic data? no documents available---contact Fairfax County PD.

11) Process by which data entered into database---no documents available--- contact Fairfax County PD.
This information has been provided to you by Sgt. Andy Apollony from the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.

Chandra Evans

Chandra T. Evans,
Records Section Manager

Loudoun County Sheriff's Office
803 Sycolin Road SE
P.O. Box 7200
Leesburg, VA 20177-7200
(703) 771-5106/office

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