Montana DMV

Matthew Guariglia filed this request with the Office of the Attorney General of Montana of Montana.
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2021-006

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From: Matthew Guariglia


To Whom It May Concern:

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

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is conducting a survey of state agencies’ use of facial recognition (FR) technology. We intend this request to cover all facial recognition software, hardware, databases, and other technology used to search driver’s license and state identification records (Driver Services photo database).

We request the following records under the Montana Freedom of Information Act:
1. Any manuals, memos, policies or other guidelines that the Department of Safety and Homeland Security or other relevant agency follows for using the FR system;
2. Formal or informal policies or rules followed by Department of Safety and Homeland Security personnel for running facial recognition searches requested by external entities, including, but not limited to, federal, state or local law enforcement agencies;
3. Any notices, memoranda, or other alerts provided by the Department of Safety and Homeland Security to external agencies about the ability to run or request facial recognition searches against the Driver Services photo database. This request includes, but is not limited to instructions, request forms, and other materials issued to external agencies regarding requests to conduct a facial recognition search against the Driver Services photo database;
4. Agreements or memoranda of understanding (MOUs) signed with external entities, including FBI or DHS, permitting those entities to run or request facial recognition searches against the photo database.
5. Any records relating to the sharing of biometric information or FR with the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) or the National Law Enforcement Telecommunications System (NLETS), including, but not limited to, RFPs, responses to RFPs, agreements, contracts, correspondence, reports and invoices.

We request that where available and appropriate, responsive records are provided electronically in their native format (such as a CSV file), or as text-searchable PDFs, and that the parent/child relationship between records is preserved.

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 10 business days.

Sincerely,

Matthew Guariglia

From: Office of the Attorney General of Montana

MuckRock News:

We are in receipt of your records request.

Please note that we handle records requests in the order they are received. At this point, I don't have a specific timeframe for fulfilling your request, but I anticipate it taking a few weeks.

Note also that pursuant to MCA 2-6-1006(3), we may assess a fee that reflects the actual costs directly incident to fulfilling your request. I'm attaching Montana's public records request policy so you can see how these charges would be calculated.

Sincerely,

Anastasia Burton
Deputy Communications Director
Attorney General Austin Knudsen, Montana Department of Justice

From: Office of the Attorney General of Montana

MuckRock and Mr. Guariglia,

We have received your follow-up email regarding your records request re: Montana DMV. I will be back in touch as soon as our staff has had time to review your request and prepare an estimate.

Sincerely,

Anastasia Burton
Deputy Communications Director
Attorney General Austin Knudsen, Montana Department of Justice

From: Office of the Attorney General of Montana

Hello MuckRock and Mr. Guarigilia,
Attached you'll find documents that are responsive to your request. Because minimal staff time was utilized to provide them to you, there is no charge associated with them.

Sincerely,

Anastasia Burton
MT Dept of Justice

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