MTA, facial recognition (Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA), New York City Transit)

Caroline Haskins filed this request with the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA), New York City Transit of New York.
Tracking #

190501-000370

Multi Request MTA, facial recognition
Due April 26, 2019
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: Caroline Haskins


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the New York Freedom of Information Law, I hereby request the following records:

Media reports have stated that the MTA has tested the use of facial recognition along the highway at the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge (https://www.wsj.com/articles/mtas-initial-foray-into-facial-recognition-at-high-speed-is-a-bust-11554642000).

Therefore, I am requesting documents related to the use of facial recognition by the MTA:
- Electronic mail communications and electronic mail attachments that mention "facial recognition" or are sent to a representative from Huawei. Please limit the search results from January 1, 2018 to present.
- Electronic mail communications and electronic mail attachments between the MTA and representatives from Wisenet that mention "facial recognition."
- Electronic mail communications and electronic mail attachments between the MTA and representatives from Idemia that mention "facial recognition."
- Any internal security reports, assessments, or internal research that mentions "facial recognition" from January 1, 2017 to present.
- Any privacy impact assessments, use policies, standard operating procedures, data retention policies, legal opinions, warranties, non-disclosure agreements, contracts, liability waivers, insurance agreements, Requests for Proposals, Responses to Requests for Proposal, Memorandums of Understanding, Letters of Interest, usage policies, or informal agreements that reference "facial recognition."
- Any funding opportunity announcements, grant applications and grantor status/progress reports, reports to legislative bodies, annual reports that mention facial recognition, as well as audit records, including but not limited to security audits of the software, misuse reports, and reports to oversight bodies.
- Any validation studies conducted with respect to the program or with respect to any software or algorithms used in connection with facial recognition, and a copy of any records pertaining to inquiries for the need of validation studies, or discussion of potential or actual validation studies. By “validation study,” I mean any study designed to assess how accurate the program is in predicting what it is supposed to predict, or to assess whether the program may err in the direction of either under- or overestimating likelihoods or predicted outcomes, or may produce any results that are biased or unexpected in any way.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes. It will be used in the course of reporting for Motherboard, VICE’s science and technology website (www.motherboard.vice.com).

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.

Sincerely,

Caroline Haskins

From:

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Subject
MTA, facial recognition (Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA), New York City Transit)
Question Reference # 190501-000370
* Date Created: 05/01/2019 12:00 PM
* Date Last Updated: 05/01/2019 12:00 PM
* Status: FOIL Received |
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From: Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA), New York City Transit

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Subject
MTA, facial recognition (Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA), New York City Transit)
Response By Email (Ann Cutler)(05/08/2019 04:28 PM)
Dear Ms. Haskins,

This will acknowledge receipt of your May 1, 2019 FOIL request.

We will review our files to identify responsive records that can be disclosed pursuant to FOIL and anticipate being able to reply within approximately thirty (30) business days.

Very truly yours,

Ann Cutler
Paralegal
(212) 878-7315
Customer By CSS Web (Caroline Haskins)(05/01/2019 12:00 PM)
To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the New York Freedom of Information Law, I hereby request the following records:

Media reports have stated that the MTA has tested the use of facial recognition along the highway at the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge (https://www.wsj.com/articles/mtas-initial-foray-into-facial-recognition-at-high-speed-is-a-bust-11554642000).

Therefore, I am requesting documents related to the use of facial recognition by the MTA:
- Electronic mail communications and electronic mail attachments that mention "facial recognition" or are sent to a representative from Huawei. Please limit the search results from January 1, 2018 to present.
- Electronic mail communications and electronic mail attachments between the MTA and representatives from Wisenet that mention "facial recognition."
- Electronic mail communications and electronic mail attachments between the MTA and representatives from Idemia that mention "facial recognition."
- Any internal security reports, assessments, or internal research that mentions "facial recognition" from January 1, 2017 to present.
- Any privacy impact assessments, use policies, standard operating procedures, data retention policies, legal opinions, warranties, non-disclosure agreements, contracts, liability waivers, insurance agreements, Requests for Proposals, Responses to Requests for Proposal, Memorandums of Understanding, Letters of Interest, usage policies, or informal agreements that reference "facial recognition."
- Any funding opportunity announcements, grant applications and grantor status/progress reports, reports to legislative bodies, annual reports that mention facial recognition, as well as audit records, including but not limited to security audits of the software, misuse reports, and reports to oversight bodies.
- Any validation studies conducted with respect to the program or with respect to any software or algorithms used in connection with facial recognition, and a copy of any records pertaining to inquiries for the need of validation studies, or discussion of potential or actual validation studies. By “validation study,” I mean any study designed to assess how accurate the program is in predicting what it is supposed to predict, or to assess whether the program may err in the direction of either under- or overestimating likelihoods or predicted outcomes, or may produce any results that are biased or unexpected in any way.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes. It will be used in the course of reporting for Motherboard, VICE’s science and technology website (www.motherboard.vice.com).

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.

Sincerely,

Caroline Haskins
Question Reference # 190501-000370
* Date Created: 05/01/2019 12:00 PM
* Date Last Updated: 05/08/2019 04:28 PM
* Status: FOIL Acknowledged |
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From: Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA), New York City Transit

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Subject
MTA, facial recognition (Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA), New York City Transit)
Response By Email (Ann Cutler)(06/28/2019 09:39 AM)
Dear Ms. Haskins,

This email is regarding your May 1, 2019 FOIL request.

We require additional time to review our files to determine if there are responsive documents that are subject to disclosure pursuant to FOIL.

We anticipate being able to respond within approximately thirty (30) business days.

Very truly yours,

Ann Cutler
Paralegal

Response By Email (Ann Cutler)(05/08/2019 04:28 PM)
Dear Ms. Haskins,

This will acknowledge receipt of your May 1, 2019 FOIL request.

We will review our files to identify responsive records that can be disclosed pursuant to FOIL and anticipate being able to reply within approximately thirty (30) business days.

Very truly yours,

Ann Cutler
Paralegal
(212) 878-7315
Customer By CSS Web (Caroline Haskins)(05/01/2019 12:00 PM)
To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the New York Freedom of Information Law, I hereby request the following records:

Media reports have stated that the MTA has tested the use of facial recognition along the highway at the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge (https://www.wsj.com/articles/mtas-initial-foray-into-facial-recognition-at-high-speed-is-a-bust-11554642000).

Therefore, I am requesting documents related to the use of facial recognition by the MTA:
- Electronic mail communications and electronic mail attachments that mention "facial recognition" or are sent to a representative from Huawei. Please limit the search results from January 1, 2018 to present.
- Electronic mail communications and electronic mail attachments between the MTA and representatives from Wisenet that mention "facial recognition."
- Electronic mail communications and electronic mail attachments between the MTA and representatives from Idemia that mention "facial recognition."
- Any internal security reports, assessments, or internal research that mentions "facial recognition" from January 1, 2017 to present.
- Any privacy impact assessments, use policies, standard operating procedures, data retention policies, legal opinions, warranties, non-disclosure agreements, contracts, liability waivers, insurance agreements, Requests for Proposals, Responses to Requests for Proposal, Memorandums of Understanding, Letters of Interest, usage policies, or informal agreements that reference "facial recognition."
- Any funding opportunity announcements, grant applications and grantor status/progress reports, reports to legislative bodies, annual reports that mention facial recognition, as well as audit records, including but not limited to security audits of the software, misuse reports, and reports to oversight bodies.
- Any validation studies conducted with respect to the program or with respect to any software or algorithms used in connection with facial recognition, and a copy of any records pertaining to inquiries for the need of validation studies, or discussion of potential or actual validation studies. By “validation study,” I mean any study designed to assess how accurate the program is in predicting what it is supposed to predict, or to assess whether the program may err in the direction of either under- or overestimating likelihoods or predicted outcomes, or may produce any results that are biased or unexpected in any way.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes. It will be used in the course of reporting for Motherboard, VICE’s science and technology website (www.motherboard.vice.com).

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.

Sincerely,

Caroline Haskins
Question Reference # 190501-000370
* Date Created: 05/01/2019 12:00 PM
* Date Last Updated: 06/28/2019 09:39 AM
* Status: FOIL in Progress |
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