FOIA - Pinellas County Sheriff's Office - Facial Recognition tech

J Ader filed this request with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office of Pinellas County, FL.
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P041375-112119

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From: J Ader

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Florida Sunshine Law, 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.

Knowing this, I am hereby requesting the following:

-any/all contractual documents including purchase orders, delivery orders, bids, quotes, RFPs, responses to RFPs, invoices and contracts with facial recognition companies including (but not limited to) 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/all policies or guidelines about the use of facial recognition technology

-any/all grant applications or reports to any oversight bodies

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,

J Ader

From: Pinellas County Sheriff's Office

Dear J Ader:
Thank you for your interest in public records of the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. This is an automated reply confirming receipt of your request submitted on 11/21/2019. Your request has been provided with reference number P041375-112119 for tracking purposes. In accordance with Florida Public Records Law, Chapter 119 of the Florida State Statutes, we are in the process of researching your request and will notify you when it is available for release. Records Requested: To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Florida Sunshine Law, 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.

Knowing this, I am hereby requesting the following:

-any/all contractual documents including purchase orders, delivery orders, bids, quotes, RFPs, responses to RFPs, invoices and contracts with facial recognition companies including (but not limited to) 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/all policies or guidelines about the use of facial recognition technology

-any/all grant applications or reports to any oversight bodies

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,

J Ader

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From: Pinellas County Sheriff's Office

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12/04/2019
RE: PUBLIC RECORDS REQUEST of November 21, 2019, Reference # P041375-112119
Dear J Ader,
The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office received a public records request from you on November 21, 2019. Your request mentioned:
“To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Florida Sunshine Law, 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.

Knowing this, I am hereby requesting the following:

-any/all contractual documents including purchase orders, delivery orders, bids, quotes, RFPs, responses to RFPs, invoices and contracts with facial recognition companies including (but not limited to) 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/all policies or guidelines about the use of facial recognition technology

-any/all grant applications or reports to any oversight bodies

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,

J Ader

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If you would like for the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office to proceed with your public records request, please provide clarifications within ten (10) days from 12/04/2019. Otherwise, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office will consider your request withdrawn.
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Upon receipt of your clarification, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office will further respond to your Public Records Request as required by law, including providing you with an estimate of costs associated with producing the requested records.
Thank you for your attention.
Sincerely,
Kimberly Preston
Public Records Specialist
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From: J Ader

Hi Kimberly,

Thank you for your reply.

The time frame for the records I am seeking here is any records from January 1st, 2019 to the day of this request.

I can also confirm that alcohol monitoring systems should be included in this request as well.

Please do let me know if you need any more information.

Thanks,
J. Ader

From: J Ader

Hi Kimberly,

I wanted to follow up on the progress of this request, as I have previously elaborated on the time-frame I am looking for responsive records for.

Please let me know if anything else is needed from my end to expedite.

Regards,
J. Ader

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