Mobile Biometric Technologies (Marin County Sheriff)

Michael Morisy filed this request with the Marin County Sheriff of Marin County, CA.

It is a clone of this request.

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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 California Public Records Act (California Government Code §§ 6250), 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

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. 12, 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.

From: Jackson, Patricia


From: Jackson, Patricia

Please see the attached PDF response to your Public Records Act Request

From: Michael Morisy

Dear Rene Brewer,

We are in receipt of your Sept. 4 correspondence. We are unclear about the status of this request. The letter seems to indicate that you are rejecting the request, but at the end you add:

“Should you wish to clarify your request please let me know. Otherwise the County will attempt to compile disclosable responsive documents by September 21, 2015.”

Does this mean that your office is attempting to provide us records? We note that the deadline has already passed.

We would like to also address your other comments in response to what you have deemed an “unfocused” and “unspecific” request that “does not appear to serve any identifiable public interest.”

Muckrock, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and our affiliates have filed hundreds of identical public records requests around the country and received responses. Other agencies in California have had no problem providing responsive documents, including: Carlsbad Police Department, San Diego Police Department, the San Diego Association of Governments, and the San Jose Police Department.

Could you please provide details as to why your agency has come to conclusions that no other California agency has yet voiced?

From: Jackson, Patricia

Mr. Morisy:

Attached hereto please find the PDF responsive documents to you Public Records Act Request

August 27, 2015
Marin County Sheriff
Marin County Sheriff’s Office
1600 Los Gamos Dr. #200
San Rafael, CA 94903

This is a follow up to a previous request:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Aug. 12, 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.

---
On Aug. 12, 2015:
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 California Public Records Act (California Government Code §§ 6250), 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/<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.utsandiego.com_news_2013_nov_08_cir-2Dfacial-2Drecognition-2Dsoftware-2Dsan-2Ddiego_&d=AwMGaQ&c=B8hLLxvpkjWR43jQzFdKiDTIWYeIS5FePbXUbD-Ywb4&r=_NL_3AHLplOKr_jW_FrVUUa6WIS9ndRb-pk6HUUd4Dk&m=TWxrOVVHtZg7d_b3nkDy2RyawWCxBWvF1OlOJJEslaQ&s=TT28Zyuv6Q81nqSLOHNuoXy17dLf_RbsSWfaz37NvGs&e=>

Mobile fingerprint readers
http://www.policechiefmagazine.org/magazine/index.cfm?fuseaction=display_arch&article_id=1824&issue_id=62009<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.policechiefmagazine.org_magazine_index.cfm-3Ffuseaction-3Ddisplay-5Farch-26article-5Fid-3D1824-26issue-5Fid-3D62009&d=AwMGaQ&c=B8hLLxvpkjWR43jQzFdKiDTIWYeIS5FePbXUbD-Ywb4&r=_NL_3AHLplOKr_jW_FrVUUa6WIS9ndRb-pk6HUUd4Dk&m=TWxrOVVHtZg7d_b3nkDy2RyawWCxBWvF1OlOJJEslaQ&s=9rD5r5JL0s7_oOGvxxkFgiwEiCzMxTKS1EFhbLHsFgs&e=>

Mobile iris scanners
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/07/20/us-crime-identification-iris-idUSTRE76J4A120110720<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.reuters.com_article_2011_07_20_us-2Dcrime-2Didentification-2Diris-2DidUSTRE76J4A120110720&d=AwMGaQ&c=B8hLLxvpkjWR43jQzFdKiDTIWYeIS5FePbXUbD-Ywb4&r=_NL_3AHLplOKr_jW_FrVUUa6WIS9ndRb-pk6HUUd4Dk&m=TWxrOVVHtZg7d_b3nkDy2RyawWCxBWvF1OlOJJEslaQ&s=H7lRCj1x6w5pnoZrjNP9qRjnUku2ppM7hoTAGVFfH8M&e=>

Rapid DNA
http://www.policemag.com/channel/technology/articles/2014/02/speeding-up-dna-analysis.aspx<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.policemag.com_channel_technology_articles_2014_02_speeding-2Dup-2Ddna-2Danalysis.aspx&d=AwMGaQ&c=B8hLLxvpkjWR43jQzFdKiDTIWYeIS5FePbXUbD-Ywb4&r=_NL_3AHLplOKr_jW_FrVUUa6WIS9ndRb-pk6HUUd4Dk&m=TWxrOVVHtZg7d_b3nkDy2RyawWCxBWvF1OlOJJEslaQ&s=vqQwnnrHsK5zGtwVBzdQRS9oIZ3PNprp_EQX0uaSFTY&e=>

Mobile Tattoo Recognition
http://www.lawofficer.com/articles/print/volume-10/issue-4/features/new-smartphone-app-interprets.html<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.lawofficer.com_articles_print_volume-2D10_issue-2D4_features_new-2Dsmartphone-2Dapp-2Dinterprets.html&d=AwMGaQ&c=B8hLLxvpkjWR43jQzFdKiDTIWYeIS5FePbXUbD-Ywb4&r=_NL_3AHLplOKr_jW_FrVUUa6WIS9ndRb-pk6HUUd4Dk&m=TWxrOVVHtZg7d_b3nkDy2RyawWCxBWvF1OlOJJEslaQ&s=An-hgLu9vPhxe5pakf9FIoNaAZGbHuWRf17YoDS2nrY&e=>

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