Facial recognition software and marketing - January 2020 (Department Of Motor Vehicles)
|Multi Request||Facial recognition software and marketing - January 2020|
|Submitted||Jan. 22, 2020|
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From: Beryl Lipton
To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Michigan Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:
Records and materials related to the solicitation, acquisition, and use of face recognition technology and related software and services.
This software or services may be provided by Clearview, DataWorks, Face++, FaceFirst, Rekognition, Vigilant Solutions, and other companies. This request is applicable to these and any other company providing facial recognition services or capabilities under consideration, under contract, or in use by this agency. This request also applies to internally-created systems, any shared system, and any system housed by another agency but accessible to representatives of this one.
Materials responsive materials include but are not limited to:
1. ALGORITHM or CODE
Any algorithm or code developed for implementation of or as part of this "software" or program. This includes any algorithm or software developed by or with, given to, used by, purchased or licensed to this agency for implementation of the above referenced program, as well as any algorithm or source code in use by this program or by which this system conducts calculations or decision making. This would include original source code, any compiled binaries (also known as executables), specification documents, spreadsheets, program scripts, and other digital materials used to calculate any data in the above program.
2. INPUT DATA
Any input training data for the "software" or related machine learning algorithms or programs.
For the aspects of the software that require an input (for example, to compute a value), please provide a copy of the five most recent sets of data that were used for input, as well as the five most recent outputs of the software, in whatever their native format is. If these inputs or outputs include exempt information, please provide all material save for specific information that is specifically exempted by law. Please also provide a description of input and output data fields that will aid in understanding the type of information that is submitted to the software and that is produced by the software.
3. AGREEMENTS and CONTRACTS
Any and all agreements related to the acquisition and use of this "software," algorithm, or program.
This includes (but is not limited to) all contracts (as well as associated amendments, attachments, and exhibits), data sharing agreements, insurance agreements, intergovernmental services agreements, licensing agreements, memorandums of understanding, and nondisclosure agreements regarding or relevant to this software or program.
Please provide a copy of any informal agreements, insurance agreements, liability waivers, and warranties that reference this technology or otherwise guide its use or the relationship between this agency, the provider or developer of the "software," or any other partner or entity that may use or access it.
4. BIDDING and PROCUREMENT
A copy of any available or relevant Requests for Expressions of Interest, Requests For Proposal (or equivalent calls for bids), responses to Requests for Expressions of Interest, letters of interest, responses to Requests for Proposal, sole source or limited source justification and approval documentation, documentation of selection, and other materials generated in the consideration and selection of the technology in question.
5. FINANCIAL and FUNDING MATERIALS
Any records related to the financing or funding of this "software," including a copy of any related funding opportunity announcements, grant applications, grantor status/progress reports, purchase orders, invoices, and other memoranda and documentation related to the payment or cost (or lack thereof) of the "software," related technology, personnel, equipment, or other elements concerning this "software" or program.
6. INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS and TRAINING
All instructional materials, presentations and presentation materials (including recorded video and audio, PowerPoint files, prepared remarks, and slides formats), and other guidance on the use of "the software."
This includes any notes taken during meetings that discussed the use of the software, any explanations (whether generated internally or externally) of how the software works, and any other document that has been used to help explain the use of "the software" to any party, including internal documentation, public relations materials, and executive summaries.
This also includes training material governing the use, sharing, or access to the "software" or any data related to or collected by the face recognition software/technology, including the legal standard that is required before using the technology.
7. PRIVACY ASSESSMENTS
A copy of any data retention guidelines or policies, data security policies, data security specifications, privacy impact assessments, security audits, or other materials evaluating or guiding the security of the "software" or the privacy of the data involved.
8. USE POLICIES
Please provide a copy of any policy directives, guidance documents, memoranda, training materials, or similar records governing the use and function of this technology for immigration, law enforcement, or any purpose, including all those related to data retention, permissible and impermissible use, and security standards. This would include materials that describe the application, function, and use of the "software," including advertisements, emails, handouts, usage policies, PowerPoint presentations, specification documents, or standard operating procedures.
9. AUDITS, REPORTS, and VALIDATION STUDIES
A copy of all reports concerning or mentioning the "software," including audit records, annual reports that mention the use of the "software," reports to legislative bodies, misuse reports, reports to oversight bodies.
This also includes all impact and validation studies. Please provide a copy of any validation studies conducted with respect to the program or with respect to any software or algorithms used in connection with the program. Please also provide a copy of any records pertaining to inquiries for the need of validation studies or discussion of potential or actual validation studies. A “validation study” in this context is any study designed to assess how accurate the program is in predicting what it is supposed to predict, used to assess whether the program may err in the direction of either under- or overestimating likelihoods or predicted outcomes, or intended to evaluate whether the software does or will produce any results that are biased or unexpected in any way.
10. COMMUNICATION and MARKETING MATERIALS
All communications or marketing materials relevant to or mentioning this "software" or program.
This includes any correspondence between any staff at this agency with any other organization or vendor relevant to the use of the aforementioned technology or program, including records related to meetings or follow-up actions with any vendors, companies, or other private entities marketing this technology for immigration, intelligence, law enforcement, or any use. This also includes correspondence in the form of emails, email attachments, paper letters, text message, and any other form of correspondence, as well as all marketing materials - unsolicited, requested, or otherwise - acquired from vendors of this technology.
If your office has questions about this request, please feel free to direct them to the address associated with this request or call the MuckRock office at 617-299-1832.
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.
From: Muckrock Staff
To Whom It May Concern:
I wanted to follow up on the following Michigan Freedom of Information Act request, copied below, and originally submitted on Jan. 22, 2020. 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: Department Of Motor Vehicles
The Department of State (Department) acknowledges receipt of MuckRock News’ request for records under the Michigan Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 1976 PA 442, MCL 15.231 et seq. Pursuant to section 15.235(1) of the FOIA, your request was considered received by the Department on January 27, 2020, the business day following the transmission of your email message (below).
Your request is denied. In accordance with section 5(4)(b) of the FOIA, I certify to the best of my knowledge, information and belief that this Department does not possess public records matching the description you provided or existing under other names that are reasonably known to the Department.
You may wish to contact the Michigan State Police regarding information on facial recognition.
With regard to the denial of your request, under FOIA (MCL 15.240) you may do one of the following:
1. Appeal this decision in writing to Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson at:
Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson
Attn: Michael Brady
Legal Services Administration
Michigan Department of State
P.O. Box 30204
Lansing, Michigan 48918
The writing must specifically state the word “appeal” and must identify the reason or reasons you believe the denial should be reversed. The Department must respond to your appeal within 10 business days of its receipt. Under unusual circumstances, the time for a response may be extended by 10 business days.
2. File an action in the appropriate court within 180 days after the date of the final determination to deny the request. If you prevail in such an action, the court is to award reasonable attorney fees, costs and disbursement, and possible damages.
The Department’s FOIA Procedures and Guidelines can be accessed at www.michigan.gov/sos<http://www.michigan.gov/sos>, under the “FOIA” tab at the bottom of the page.
Douglas A. Novak
Michigan Department of State