Mobile Biometric Technologies (Richland Police Department)

Dave Maass filed this request with the Richland Police Department of Richland, WA.

It is a clone of this request.

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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 RCW Ch. 42.56 (Public Records Act), 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

From: Fulton, Toni

Good morning Mr. Morisy,

This email serves as the City of Richland's acknowledgment, pursuant to RCW 42.56.520, of your public records request received August 17, 2015, below.

The City of Richland seeks further clarification of your request; please contact me at your earliest convenience to discuss.

I may be reached at 509-942-7385 8:00-3:00 p.m. PST.

Thank you in advance,


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City of Richland, City Attorney's Office

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From: Barham, Debby

Dear Mr. Morisy,

Per RCW 42.56.520, please accept this letter acknowledging that the City Clerk's Office has received your public records request dated August 17, 2015, requesting records related to "Mobile Biometric Technologies" with the Richland Police Department.

At this time, staff is seeking clarification from you regarding what you consider to be "Mobile Biometric Technologies."

Richland Police Department (RPD) staff state that they utilize "LiveScan," a fingerprinting system which collects biometric data; however, it is not mobile. RPD also uses some mobile data terminals (MDTs), which require fingerprint authorization to access the terminal; however, the City does not consider the MDTs as a biometric device.

Please advise if you are seeking records related to either or both of these devises.

Your request is placed on hold until we hear from you clarifying which records, if any, you are requesting. Your request will be considered closed if we do not receive clarification from you by close of business on September 26, 2015.

If you have any questions, please contact me at 509-942-7388,<> or at the address provided above.


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Deputy City Clerk
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From: Michael Morisy

Thanks for your helpful repsonse; I consider this request closed.