HCPSS MPIA Request #2020-365

Requested Information
Pursuant to Maryland Public Information Act, I request the following records related to the solicitation, acquisition, and use of facial recognition technology and related software and services:

Any Memorandums of Understanding, contracts, or other written agreements with Clearview, RealNetworks, AnyVision, DataWorks, Face++, FaceFirst, Rekognition, SN Technologies, Vigilant Solutions, or other companies providing facial recognition services or capabilities under consideration, under contract, or in use by this school district.

Any communications with, or advertisements from, the aforementioned facial recognition provider companies. This includes email.

Any policies or guidelines of use for facial recognition software or programs.

Please search the date range of January 1, 2017 – Present.
Date Received
Response Notes

Responsive to this request, our Security staff indicates HCPSS does not use any facial recognition software on any of our cameras in schools or vehicles. It is not something that is being planned to be used either, therefore we have no contracts, agreements, or policies on use of such software or programs. Further clarification would be needed related to advertisements.

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