Mobile Biometric Technologies (San Antonio Police Department)

Michael Morisy filed this request with the San Antonio Police Department of San Antonio, TX.

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 Texas Public Information 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.

Sincerely,

Mike Lowry

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: City of San Antonio - Open Government

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City of San Antonio
8/25/2015
VIA Email Mike Lowry
DEPT MR 20386
Boston, MA 2205-5819
RE: Response to Public Information Request

COSA ORR No: W094147-082415
Dear Mike Lowry,
The City received a public information request from you on 8/9/2015. Your request mentioned Police Records - From: requests@muckrock.com [mailto:requests@muckrock.com] Sent: Monday, August 24, 2015 4:00 AM To: Romana Lopez (SAPD- PIO) Subject: RE: Public Information Act Request: Mobile Biometric Technologies (San Antonio Police Department) August 24, 2015 San Antonio Police Department San Antonio Police Department Records Office, P.O. Box 839948, San Antonio, TX 78283 This is a follow up to a previous request: 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.

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City of San Antonio

12/7/2015
VIA Email

Mike Lowry
MuckRock DEPT MR 20386
Boston, MA 2205-5819
requests@muckrock.com (mailto:requests@muckrock.com) RE: Response to Public Information Request

COSA ORR No: W094147-082415 Dear Mr. Lowry:

This letter responds to your request for information to the City of San Antonio, dated and received in our office on 8/9/2015 12:00:00 AM.  Information Requested: Police Records – “ From: requests@muckrock.com [mailto:requests@muckrock.com] Sent: Monday, August 24, 2015 4:00 AM To: Romana Lopez (SAPD- PIO) Subject: RE: Public Information Act Request: Mobile Biometric Technologies (San Antonio Police Department) August 24, 2015 San Antonio Police Department San Antonio Police Department Records Office, P.O. Box 839948, San Antonio, TX 78283 This is a follow up to a previous request: 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: City of San Antonio - Open Government

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City of San Antonio

12/7/2015
VIA Email

Mike Lowry
MuckRock DEPT MR 20386
Boston, MA 2205-5819
requests@muckrock.com (mailto:requests@muckrock.com) RE: Response to Public Information Request

COSA ORR No: W094147-082415 Dear Mr. Lowry:

This letter responds to your request for information to the City of San Antonio, dated and received in our office on 8/9/2015 12:00:00 AM.  Information Requested: Police Records – “ From: requests@muckrock.com [mailto:requests@muckrock.com] Sent: Monday, August 24, 2015 4:00 AM To: Romana Lopez (SAPD- PIO) Subject: RE: Public Information Act Request: Mobile Biometric Technologies (San Antonio Police Department) August 24, 2015 San Antonio Police Department San Antonio Police Department Records Office, P.O. Box 839948, San Antonio, TX 78283 This is a follow up to a previous request: 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.

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