Facial Recognition - Texas JCIC (Fusion Center)

Freddy Martinez filed this request with the Texas Joint Crime Information Center of Texas.

It is a clone of this request.

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Est. Completion Sept. 25, 2019
In Litigation


From: Freddy Martinez

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Records and materials related to the solicitation, acquisition, and use of face recognition technology and related software and services.
This software or services may be provided by Rekognition, Face++, and FaceFirst; this request is applicable to these and any other company providing facial recognition services under consideration or contract with this agency.

Responsive materials include but are not limited to:

• Agreements: contracts (including non-disclosure agreements), licensing agreements, nondisclosure agreements
• Bid records: Requests For Proposal (or equivalent calls for bids), sole source or limited source justification and approval documentation, documentation of selection, and other materials generated in the consideration and selection of the technology in question
• Company relations and communications: records related to meetings or follow-up actions with any vendors, companies, or other private entities marketing face recognition to this agency for immigration, intelligence, law enforcement, or other use.
• Financial records: purchase orders, invoices, and other memoranda and documentation.
• Marketing records: All marketing materials - unsolicited, requested, or otherwise - acquired from vendors of face recognition technology
• Policy records: any policy directives, guidance documents, memoranda, training materials, or similar records governing the use of face recognition technology for immigration, law enforcement, or other purposes. Any memoranda of understanding between this agency and other agencies to share data, access remote systems or other forms of information sharing with external agencies.
• Training records: training material governing the use, sharing, or access to any related data related to or collected by the face recognition software/technology, including the legal standard that is required before using the technology. Documents, should they exist, about training for bias in the use of facial recognition technology.
• Use and function records: Materials that describe the function of the software considered or in use by this agency, including emails, handouts, PowerPoint presentations, advertisements, or specification documents.
• Validation and accuracy: Records, reports, audits, and other documents sufficient to describe validation, accuracy, reliability, and policy compliance of the system.

Please limit the search to records produced from January 1, 2017 – present. Please include in your search as responsive records: communications, memorandums, background papers, meeting minutes, email exchanges, or presentation materials. If your office has questions about this request, please feel free to direct them to the address associated with this request or call the MuckRock office at 617-299-1832.

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 there are fees, 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 look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.


Freddy Martinez

From: Texas Joint Crime Information Center

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Erika Fisher
Analyst Supervisor
Texas Department of Public Safety
Intelligence & Counterterrorism Division
Texas Joint Crime Information Center
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From: Texas Joint Crime Information Center

Mr. Martinez,

We received your request for an update on August 7, 2019 for PIR 19-2929. The Attorney General’s Office has not rendered a decision on this matter. Once a decision is rendered, you will be notified.

Thank you.

Albert DiMarco
Assistant General Counsel
Texas Department of Public Safety
Office of General Counsel
(512) 424-2890

From: Texas Joint Crime Information Center

You request remains pending at the Office of the Attorney General. That office has until September 25, 2019 to issue a ruling and you will be notified with a copy of the ruling when it is issued.