National Park Service: License Plate Readers and Facial Recognition Technology

Tony Webster filed this request with the National Park Service of the United States of America.


From: Tony Webster

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

Any and all records pertaining or relating to the purchase, contracting, installation, maintenance, or use of license plate readers or facial recognition technology.

For the purposes of this request, "license plate readers" includes automated license plate readers, license plate readers, license plate recognition systems, automatic license plate recognition systems, ALPR, ANPR, LPR, optical character recognition technology of license plates, or other technology that can analyze, read, or scan the license plates of vehicles; and "facial recognition technology" means any technology that uses still cameras, video cameras, photographic images, moving images, video recordings, video files, surveillance systems, or other data sources to recognize, analyze, compare, contrast, count, or measure characteristics of the human face, whether automated or a manual process.

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 20 business days, as the statute requires.


Tony Webster


I will be out of the office on annual leave through October 21, 2016.  In my absence this mailbox will be intermittently monitored.  New incoming requests and urgent matters will be handled.  For all other issues, I will respond when I am back in the office on October 24, 2016.


____________________ Ms. Charis Wilson, PhD, CRM
NPS FOIA Officer
12795 W. Alameda Parkway
PO Box 25287
Denver, CO  80225-0287
Fax: 303-969-2557
1-855-NPS-FOIA ( "What we find changes whowe become." - Peter Morville "The historian works with records...thereis no substitute for records: no records, no history." - ParaphrasingLanglois & Seignobos (1903) "Let us be guardians, notgardeners" - Unknown, From 1963 Living Wilderness editorial - Attributedto Adolph Murie


Mr. Webster,

In accordance with 43 CFR 2.5(a), a requester must describe the records in
sufficient detail to enable an employee familiar with the subject area of
the request to locate responsive records with a reasonable amount of
effort. Your request does not meet this requirement. Because of the
nature of your request, we are unable to determine exactly what records you
are requesting. Please be as specific as possible concerning the type of
documents you are requesting.

For example, we need you to clarify if your request is limited to only
those records relating to any contracts or purchase orders that may have
been issued by the National Park Service (NPS) for such equipment or
services or if your request includes records that would relate to the
issuance of any Requests for Information (RFIs), Requests for Quotes (RFQs)
or Requests for Proposals (RFPs) that NPS may have issued. If you know,
please include the date, title or name, author, recipient, and subject
matter of the records you are seeking. Additionally,

It is also unclear whether your request covers only records in the bureau’s
headquarters or in its field offices as well. Due to the decentralized
purchasing process within NPS, we will need this information to determine
which of the more than 400 NPS units and/or field offices may need to
search for records. The lack of this information also prevents us from
determining whether the costs to process your request would exceed the $50
limit established in your request and if so, to provide you with an
estimate of the search costs.

We will be unable to proceed further with your request until we receive
additional clarification from you. In accordance with our regulations (43
CFR 2.51), if we do not hear from you within 20 workdays of the date of
this letter, we will assume you are no longer interested in this matter and
will close the file on your request




Ms. Charis Wilson, PhD, CRM
NPS FOIA Officer
12795 W. Alameda Parkway
PO Box 25287
Denver, CO 80225-0287
Fax: 303-969-2557

"What we find changes who we become." - Peter Morville

"The historian works with records...there is no substitute for records: no
records, no history." - Paraphrasing Langlois & Seignobos (1903)

"Let us be guardians, not gardeners" - Unknown, From 1963 Living Wilderness
editorial - Attributed to Adolph Murie


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