Facial Recognition Systems (Memphis Police Department)

Curtis Waltman filed this request with the Memphis Police Department of Memphis, TN.
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From: Curtis Waltman

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Tennessee's Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

Facial recognition systems are increasingly utilized by law enforcement agencies. This allows officers to quickly identify persons of interest through the use of an extensive database and a tool such as FaceFirst.

I would like for this request:

-any contractual documents including purchase orders, delivery orders, bids, quotes, RFPs, responses to RFPs, invoices and contracts with facial recognition companies like FaceFirst Inc., Face Searcher by Allevate Limited, Face-VACS by Cognitec Systems GmbH, First Line Facial Recognition by Blue Line Technology, any products by Animetrics, SCRAM remote breath by Alcohol Monitoring Systems, or MegaMatcher by Neurotechnology. Other systems may also be used, such as the system developed by the FBI.

-any policies or guidelines about the use of facial recognition technology

-any grant applications or reports to any oversight bodies

-The total number of individuals who have been identified through the use of facial recognition systems over the last three years

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 7 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Curtis Waltman

From: Muckrock Staff

To Whom It May Concern:
I wanted to follow up on the following request, copied below. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response.
Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

From: Memphis Police Department

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03/07/2018

Mr. Curtis Waltman
411A Highland Ave
Somerville MA 02144-2516

RE: PUBLIC RECORDS REQUEST of 3/7/2018, Reference # W007706-030718

Dear Mr. Waltman,

The City received a public records request from you on 3/7/2018. Your request mentioned “To Whom It May Concern: Pursuant to Tennessee's Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:
Facial recognition systems are increasingly utilized by law enforcement agencies. This allows officers to quickly identify persons of interest through the use of an extensive database and a tool such as FaceFirst.
I would like for this request:
-any contractual documents including purchase orders, delivery orders, bids, quotes, RFPs, responses to RFPs, invoices and contracts with facial recognition companies like FaceFirst Inc., Face Searcher by Allevate Limited, Face-VACS by Cognitec Systems GmbH, First Line Facial Recognition by Blue Line Technology, any products by Animetrics, SCRAM remote breath by Alcohol Monitoring Systems, or MegaMatcher by Neurotechnology. Other systems may also be used, such as the system developed by the FBI.
-any policies or guidelines about the use of facial recognition technology
-any grant applications or reports to any oversight bodies
-The total number of individuals who have been identified through the use of facial recognition systems over the last three years
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 7 business days, as the statute requires.
Sincerely,
Curtis Waltman
Filed via MuckRock.com
E-mail (Preferred): requests@muckrock.com”

The City has reviewed your request and has determined that the records requested are exempt from disclosure for the following reasons: Per the law in Tennessee at T.C.A. 10-7-503(a)(2)(A), municipal records will "be open for personal inspection by any citizen of this state...." [Emphasis added]. It appears from your contact information that you are not a Tennessee resident therefore this request is denied due to lack of residency. This completes your public records request with the City of Memphis.

Sincerely,

Public Records Office
City of Memphis

From: Memphis Police Department

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From: Memphis Police Department

Mr. Waltman:

We have received your request for a public record. It is our goal to respond to these requests as soon as possible or within 5 business days. However, please note that certain requests may take longer to process due to the size of the records requested or current request volumes. Your request has been given the following reference number W007706-030718 for tracking purposes.

Record Requested: To Whom It May Concern:Pursuant to Tennessee's Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:Facial recognition systems are increasingly utilized by law enforcement agencies. This allows officers to quickly identify persons of interest through the use of an extensive database and a tool such as FaceFirst.I would like for this request:-any contractual documents including purchase orders, delivery orders, bids, quotes, RFPs, responses to RFPs, invoices and contracts with facial recognition companies like FaceFirst Inc., Face Searcher by Allevate Limited, Face-VACS by Cognitec Systems GmbH, First Line Facial Recognition by Blue Line Technology, any products by Animetrics, SCRAM remote breath by Alcohol Monitoring Systems, or MegaMatcher by Neurotechnology. Other systems may also be used, such as the system developed by the FBI. -any policies or guidelines about the use of facial recognition technology-any grant applications or reports to any oversight bodies-The total number of individuals who have been identified through the use of facial recognition systems over the last three yearsThe 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 7 business days, as the statute requires.Sincerely,Curtis WaltmanFiled via MuckRock.comE-mail (Preferred): requests@muckrock.com

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From: Memphis Police Department

Dear Curtis Waltman,

In response to your email below, the Public Records Office has no prior record of receiving this request. This request was uploaded immediately upon receipt. Please use the link below to retrieve the appropriate response by logging into My FOIA Center. Your user name is your email address. The password to access your account was sent from an auto-generated email <memphistn@mycusthelp.net<mailto:memphistn@mycusthelp.net>>. For future reference, please direct all City of Memphis public record requests to the openrecordsrequests@memphistn.gov<mailto:openrecordsrequests@memphistn.gov> email, via the online public records requests portal link below, or mail your request(s) to Public Records Office, 125 N. Main St. Suite 290, Memphis TN 38103.

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