Mobile Biometric Technologies (San Francisco Police Department)

Michael Morisy filed this request with the San Francisco Police Department of San Francisco, CA.

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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 California Public Records Act (California Government Code §§ 6250), 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,

Douglas William Miller

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: Gatpandan, Grace (POL)

Good Morning Mr. Miller,

I am writing to acknowledge your request for Police Department public records, received at the Media Relations Unit via email on Monday, August 10, 2015. I will respond to your request within not more than 10 calendar days, or by Thursday, August 20, 2015. See California Government Code Section 6253(c).

Officer Grace Gatpandan #80
Public Information Officer
San Francisco Police Department
Office of the Chief of Police
Media Relations Unit
1245 3rd Street, 6th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
(415) 837-7395 - Main Line
www.sanfranciscopolice.org<http://www.sanfranciscopolice.org>

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This communication and its contents may contain confidential and/or legally privileged information. It is solely for the use of the intended recipient(s). Unauthorized interception, review, use or disclosure is prohibited and may violate applicable laws, including the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. If you are not the intended recipient, please contact the sender and destroy all copies of the communication.

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: Gatpandan, Grace (POL)

Good Afternoon Mr. Miller,

Which news agency are you with? I am asking as I am attempting to fulfil your public record request - The Media Relations department only handles PRAs from media. Regardless, your PRA will be handled I just need to make sure it is handled by the appropriate unit.

Officer Grace Gatpandan #80
Public Information Officer
San Francisco Police Department
Office of the Chief of Police
Media Relations Unit
1245 3rd Street, 6th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
(415) 837-7395 - Main Line
www.sanfranciscopolice.org<http://www.sanfranciscopolice.org>

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This communication and its contents may contain confidential and/or legally privileged information. It is solely for the use of the intended recipient(s). Unauthorized interception, review, use or disclosure is prohibited and may violate applicable laws, including the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. If you are not the intended recipient, please contact the sender and destroy all copies of the communication.

From: MuckRock

Hello Ms. Gatpandan,

This request is being made on behalf of MuckRock.

Thank you for your help.

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: Gatpandan, Grace (POL)

I will be out of the office from Wednesday, September 30, 2015 to Monday, October 5, 2015. In my absence please contact Officer Albie Esparza or Officer Carlos Manfredi for assistance. I will be monitoring e-mails while away.

From: Gatpandan, Grace (POL)

I will be out of the office from Thursday, November 12, 2015 to Monday, November 16, 2015. In my absence please contact Officer Albie Esparza or Officer Carlos Manfredi for assistance. I will be monitoring e-mails while away.

From: Gatpandan, Grace (POL)

Hello again Mr. Miller,

The SFPD does not use any mobile biometric technologies. We have beta tested the mobile fingerprint machines in the past but they were not implemented for use. We have not tested any other technologies that you've listed (iris scan, etc.) As far as tattoo recognition, tattoos are noted when subjects are booked into jail but there isn't a program that is used to "recognize" the tattoos. We can look up a specific tattoo, but we have to be the ones to define the parameters.

I thought I responded to this request a while back? I know you've been working on this for quite some time.

Officer Grace Gatpandan #80
Public Information Officer
San Francisco Police Department
Office of the Chief of Police
Media Relations Unit
1245 3rd Street, 6th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
(415) 837-7395 - Main Line
Follow Me on Twitter @OfficerGrace
www.sanfranciscopolice.org<http://www.sanfranciscopolice.org>

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This communication and its contents may contain confidential and/or legally privileged information. It is solely for the use of the intended recipient(s). Unauthorized interception, review, use or disclosure is prohibited and may violate applicable laws, including the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. If you are not the intended recipient, please contact the sender and destroy all copies of the communication.

From: Michael Morisy

Hi,

Thanks so much for your help with this request! I really appreciate the information and thorough response, and I consider this request complete.

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