Mobile Biometric Technologies (Portland Police)

Dave Maass filed this request with the Portland Police Bureau of Portland, OR.

It is a clone of this request.

Est. Completion None


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 Oregon Public Records Law, 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.


Michael Morisy


Mobile facial recognition

Mobile fingerprint readers

Mobile iris scanners

Rapid DNA

Mobile Tattoo Recognition


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: Rees, Ryan

Thank you for your public records request. The total estimated cost to process this request is $309.00. The City of Portland requires 50% of the estimated cost to be paid in advance before any research is to begin.
Please let me know if you would like to proceed.
Thank you.

Ryan Rees
Senior Police Administrative Support Specialist
Portland Police Bureau-Records Division

Notice: This e-mail is for the sole use of the intended recipient(s) and contains information belonging to the sender, which is confidential and/or legally privileged. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any disclosure, copying, distribution or taking of any action in reliance on the contents of this e-mail information is strictly prohibited. If you have received this e-mail in error, please immediately notify the sender by reply e-mail or telephone, and destroy all copies of the original message.

From: Michael Morisy

Thanks so much for your help processing this request; could you give us a breakdown of fees?

We're interested in reducing the scope of this request, and better understanding where the costs are coming from would be helpful.


From: Rees, Ryan

Good morning,
The work it will take to fulfill this public records request will require the requestor to pay the hourly fee of the employee tasked to work on the request. On this particular request it will require the work from the Police Forensics Technology Coordinator and it is estimated to take 5 hours.
Thank you.

From: Michael Morisy


We'd like to narrow this request to just be for a list of the equipment you use and the policies in place around them.


From: PPB - Public Records

All public records requests made to the City of Portland and/or the Portland Police Bureau are now to be made online here:<>
Please submit your public records request online and email confirmations will be sent as well as payment notifications.
Thank you.

From: Michael Morisy


Thanks for your help with this request. As this request has already been acknowledged, we'd prefer to have it continued to be processed via email. Oregon Code 192.440 specifies only that requests must be made in writing to the custodian, and does not include provisions for mandates that web portals must be used.

Thank you for continuing to process this request.