Mobile Biometric Technologies (Waukesha Police Department)

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

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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 Wisconsin's Open Records 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,

Hans Schroeder

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. 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: Police Department City of Waukesha

Hans,

I am not finding the original request on our email system. Was the request mailed or sent via email?

With that said, it is entirely possible that the email was filtered out as span. I will look into that further in an effort to located the original request. As of today, I have forwarded your request the Waukesha Police Department records clerk, Nancy Roberts. You should receive a response regarding the request.

Respectfully,

Chad R Pergande
Lieutenant of Police
Waukesha Police Department
1901 Delafield St.
Waukesha, WI 53188
(262) 524-3831
Cpergand@ci.waukesha.wi.us<mailto:Cpergand@ci.waukesha.wi.us>

"The opinions expressed are mine and do not necessarily represent those of the City of Waukesha."

From: Police Department City of Waukesha

Just a follow up. We do have the original sent on August 17. I apologize for the delay and we will process your request.

Chad R Pergande
Lieutenant of Police
Waukesha Police Department
1901 Delafield St.
Waukesha, WI 53188
(262) 524-3831
Cpergand@ci.waukesha.wi.us<mailto:Cpergand@ci.waukesha.wi.us>

"The opinions expressed are mine and do not necessarily represent those of the City of Waukesha."

From: Ron Oremus

Hans,

Our agency does not deploy mobile biometric technologies.

Ron

Captain Ron Oremus
Criminal Investigation Division
Waukesha Police Department
1901 Delafield St, Waukesha, WI 53188
262-524-3765
roremus@ci.waukesha.wi.us<mailto:roremus@ci.waukesha.wi.us>

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“The opinions expressed are mine and do not necessarily represent those of the City of Waukesha.”

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