Mobile Biometric Technologies (Polk County Sheriff)

Michael Morisy filed this request with the Polk County Sheriff of Polk 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: Horstman, Carrie

To Whom It May Concern:

I am forwarding your request to Legal Affairs. This is the first I have seen of it. I am not sure to whom you sent the original. The Office of Communications handles media inquiries. Legal Affairs is the office to which this should be directed.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Legal Affairs at 863-298-6600.

Carrie

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: Horstman, Carrie

To Whom It May Concern:

My previous answer remains the same:

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On Aug. 24, 2015:
To Whom It May Concern:

I am forwarding your request to Legal Affairs. This is the first I have seen of it. I am not sure to whom you sent the original. The Office of Communications handles media inquiries. Legal Affairs is the office to which this should be directed.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Legal Affairs at 863-298-6600.
Carrie
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From: Michael Morisy

Hi,

I just wanted to follow up on the below request; thanks so much for your help.

Best,
Michael

From: Reuter, Jason

Michael,

We are working on your request and hope to have a response to you soon.

Sincerely,

Jason A. Reuter
Associate Staff Attorney
Polk County Sheriff's Office
1891 Jim Keene Blvd
Winter Haven, Florida 33880
jreuter@polksheriff.org<mailto:jreuter@polksheriff.org>
863-298-6339, Office
863-298-6334, Fax
863-837-8076, Cell

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Please note that Florida has a broad public records law, and that all correspondence to me via email may be subject to disclosure.

From: Reuter, Jason

Mr. Morisy,

We have compiled a response to your request. It requires 159 pages copied at $0.15 per page and 3 hours of labor at $12.77 per hour. The total due on the request is $62.16. Please send payment to my attention and make reference to this request. If we do not hear from you within 30 days we shall consider your request withdrawn. Should you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,

Jason A. Reuter
Associate Staff Attorney
Polk County Sheriff's Office
1891 Jim Keene Blvd
Winter Haven, Florida 33880
jreuter@polksheriff.org<mailto:jreuter@polksheriff.org>
863-298-6339, Office
863-298-6334, Fax

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Please note that Florida has a broad public records law, and that all correspondence to me via email may be subject to disclosure.

From: MuckRock

Polk County Sheriff's Office
ATTN: Jason A. Reuter
1891 Jim Keene Blvd
Winter Haven, Florida 33880

To Whom It May Concern:

Please find enclosed a check for $62.16 to satisfy the fee associated with the attached public records request.

Thank you.

From: Polk County Sheriff

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

From: Polk County Sheriff

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Reuter, Jason

These documents were mailed to you last week. You should be receiving them any day now.

Jason A. Reuter
Associate Staff Attorney
Polk County Sheriff's Office
1891 Jim Keene Blvd
Winter Haven, Florida 33880
jreuter@polksheriff.org<mailto:jreuter@polksheriff.org>
863-298-6339, Office
863-298-6334, Fax
863-837-8076, Cell

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Please note that Florida has a broad public records law, and that all correspondence to me via email may be subject to disclosure.

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