Mobile Biometric Technologies (Sheboygan Falls Police Department)

Michael Morisy filed this request with the Sheboygan Falls Police Department of Sheboygan Falls, WI.

It is a clone of this request.

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From: Michael Morisy

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Wisconsin's Open Records act, I hereby request the following records:

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 Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, §10, 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

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I would request your response within ten (10) business days.

Sincerely,

Michael Morisy

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. 17, 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: 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. 17, 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: Riffel, Steve

O Whom it May Concern:

We have received multiple Open Records Requests for the same information from your organization. We have responded numerous times by your specifically preferred method of Email. We continue to receive what appear to be "batch" or "flood" fax requests for the same thing. If you have any further requests or require further information please do not hesitate to contact us at the number listed below. However, we will not be responding further to any requests for the same information.

Further, I have sent this again with a Delivery and Read Receipt.

Sincerely,

Chief Steven J. Riffel
Director of Public Safety / Chief of Police
City of Sheboygan Falls Police & Fire Departments
www.sheboyganfallspolice.com
920-467-7902 / sriffel@sheboyganfallspolice.com
FBI NA #211
Co-Chairman, Wisconsin Chiefs of Police Association Legislative Committee

From: Michael Morisy

Hello, and apologies - this is the first communication we've received from your department, and our system is set to automatically follow-up every two weeks before we've received a response.
And in regards to this initial request, what was the response? Thank you.

From: Riffel, Steve

We do not utilize any bio-metric data. We have squad digital video and individual officer body cameras. All fingerprints (either digital or inked) are conducted at the Sheboygan County Detention Center not at our Department. This is the final response we will be sending due to the multiple requests and responses.

Sincerely,

Chief Steven J. Riffel
Director of Public Safety / Chief of Police
City of Sheboygan Falls Police & Fire Departments
www.sheboyganfallspolice.com
920-467-7902 / sriffel@sheboyganfallspolice.com
FBI NA #211
Co-Chairman, Wisconsin Chiefs of Police Association Legislative Committee

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