Mobile Biometric Technologies (Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office)

Michael Morisy filed this request with the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office of Okaloosa County, FL.

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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 Florida's Sunshine Law (Fla. Stat. secs. 119.01 to 119.15 (1995)), 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. 9, 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: 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. 9, 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: 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. 9, 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: Ron Gay

Mr. Morisy,
Your request has been received and is being processed. It should be noted that the previous submissions that you have identified were never received by this office and we acknowledge all requests made.

Thank you,

Ron Gay
Captain
Office of Professional Standards
Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office
50 Second St.
Shalimar, FL 32579

From: Ron Gay

Mr. Morisy,

Since receiving your request on 03/29/16, I have spoken with the IT Director for the information you are requesting and he is compiling the data as it is still being researched and processed from records. I will have an estimated cost for preparation as soon as I am provided the total time involved. I will have an invoice to you soon.

Thank you,

Ron Gay
Captain
Office of Professional Standards
Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office
50 Second St.
Shalimar, FL 32579

From: Ron Gay

Mr. Morisy,

As a matter of convenience, I have received a copy of our policy regarding Digital Fingerprinting (Rapid ID Device) and I have attached it to this email. There is no charge for this document as the preparation time was minimal. We appreciate your patience.

Ron Gay
Captain
Office of Professional Standards
Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office
50 Second St.
Shalimar, FL 32579

  • General Order 25.02 (Digital Fingerprinting - Rapid ID Device)

From: Ron Gay

Mr. Morisy,
We have completed the research on your request and appreciate your patience as some of the records were archived from 2009. The preparation time for completion of the request was 4 hours and an invoice has been attached. The records include invoices and purchase agreements for live scan devices. I have addressed your request for each item below in the email thread. Please remit payment and these documents will be expedited to you.
Thank you,
Ron Gay
Captain
Office of Professional Standards
Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office
50 Second St.
Shalimar, FL 32579

Your request of information for the following was researched and noted below:

Programming documents, including but not limited to: funding opportunity announcements, grant applications and grantor status/progress reports, reports to legislative bodies, annual reports

None available

4) Audit documents, including but not limited to: audits of the system, misuse reports, and reports to oversight bodies

None available

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 data you are requesting does not exist as it is not collected and/or recorded. This information may be available from the FBI or FDLE

- The total number of [biometric data points] contained in the agency’s database

None. Information is not collected or recorded.

- The retention period for biometric data

N/A

- The number of mobile biometrics devices purchased and in use

13 units purchased and in use.

- The total number of authorized users of the mobile biometrics devices

13 authorized users

- Which external agencies and entities have access to biometric data in the database and under what conditions,

No information is stored in our database.

- 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

None. No information is stored in the database.

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