Dear City of Edinburgh Council,

Under the Freedom of Information Act please could you supply the following information within 20 working days.

As per my Freedom of Information request dated 11th February 2016 https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/e... in which it requests information on:
"Edinburgh CCTV set to go HD with £1m digital upgrade” https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/n...

Also reported in these following articles:
http://www.biometricupdate.com/201601/ed...
http://www.planetbiometrics.com/article-...

Please could you advise the current update on any facial biometric, comparison, detection, analysis, recognition systems Edinburgh maybe deploying, whether owned, planned to own or contracting out external facial biometric technology services.

1) Please advise how many cameras may be/are integrated with any facial biometric capabilities from:
Public space cameras
Lothian Buses
Edinburgh Trams
Traffic management organisation – please clarify who this body is
Or any other body or organisation

2) Please advise if any cameras not owned/controlled by City of Edinburgh Council are included in the CCTV upgrade scheme, that may be updated with any facial biometric capabilities, and who they are owned/controlled by i.e. privately owned systems, shopping center cameras, police cameras, Automatic Number Plate Recogntion (ANPR) cameras, etc.

3) Please advise how Police Scotland and the fires service will be included in the system that may have any facial biometric capabilities

4) Please advise how many mobile and temporary cameras will be deployed that may have any facial biometric capabilities.

5) Do these included body worn cameras? If so please advise by whom.

6) Please provide minutes of meeting where any facial biometric technology is discussed.

7) Please provide the area of the “CCTV coverage for the whole of south-east Scotland”.

8) Will the “CCTV coverage for the whole of south-east Scotland” include any facial biometric capabilities and vehicle registration recognition?

9) Please advise if CGI is providing any facial biometric capabilities and vehicle registration recognition capabilities. If not, please advise the companies providing this service.

10) Facial biometric capabilities – please advise, if any, what database/s of faces and/or identities the facial biometric system will be accessing.

11) Vehicle registration recognition - please advise what database/s of vehicle registrations the vehicle registration recognition system will be accessing.

12) Will the CCTV system have a ‘persons of interest’ tracking capabilities, i.e. not identifying a person by name but capable of using distinguishing features to track a person, using ‘soft’ biometrics' https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soft_biome... such as the ‘Suspect Search’ provided by NICE Systems that Glasgow City Council uses.

13) Please provide the privacy impact assessment for the cameras, facial biometric and the vehicle registration system.

Some parts of this request may be easier to answer than others and in such case please could you release available data as soon as possible rather than delay the entire request.
If you are not fully certain of what it is I am asking then I look forward to contact from you as soon as possible to clarify what it is I am requesting in order to meet your obligations under the law.

If the costs of processing this request exceed the limit in the Act, please advise on what information you are able to supply within the cost limit.

Yours faithfully,

Pippa King

City of Edinburgh Council

Ms Pippa King

Our ref: 17154

Dear Ms King

Acknowledgement of Request

Subject: Biometric facial analytical technology

Thank you for your request for information received on 06/12/2017. In your request you asked for the following;

1) Please advise how many cameras may be/are integrated with any facial biometric capabilities from:
Public space cameras
Lothian Buses
Edinburgh Trams
Traffic management organisation – please clarify who this body is Or any other body or organisation

2) Please advise if any cameras not owned/controlled by City of Edinburgh Council are included in the CCTV upgrade scheme, that may be updated with any facial biometric capabilities, and who they are owned/controlled by i.e. privately owned systems, shopping center cameras, police cameras, Automatic Number Plate Recogntion (ANPR) cameras, etc.

3) Please advise how Police Scotland and the fires service will be included in the system that may have any facial biometric capabilities

4) Please advise how many mobile and temporary cameras will be deployed that may have any facial biometric capabilities.

5) Do these included body worn cameras? If so please advise by whom.

6) Please provide minutes of meeting where any facial biometric technology is discussed.

7) Please provide the area of the “CCTV coverage for the whole of south-east Scotland”.

8) Will the “CCTV coverage for the whole of south-east Scotland” include any facial biometric capabilities and vehicle registration recognition?

9) Please advise if CGI is providing any facial biometric capabilities and vehicle registration recognition capabilities. If not, please advise the companies providing this service.

10) Facial biometric capabilities – please advise, if any, what database/s of faces and/or identities the facial biometric system will be accessing.

11) Vehicle registration recognition - please advise what database/s of vehicle registrations the vehicle registration recognition system will be accessing.

12) Will the CCTV system have a ‘persons of interest’ tracking capabilities, i.e. not identifying a person by name but capable of using distinguishing features to track a person, using ‘soft’ biometrics' https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soft_biome... such as the ‘Suspect Search’ provided by NICE Systems that Glasgow City Council uses.

13) Please provide the privacy impact assessment for the cameras, facial biometric and the vehicle registration system.

I can confirm that your request will be processed under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, Environmental Information Regulations (Scotland) 2004, or the INSPIRE (Scotland) Regulations 2009.

You will receive the information requested within 20 working days unless the Council does not hold the information, or there is a reason for it to be withheld. We will write to you in any event. This means we have until 09/01/2018 to respond to your request.

In some circumstances a fee may be payable and if that is the case we will let you know.

If you have any requirements regarding the format any information should be supplied in, e.g. the language to be used, audio, large print and so on, then please let me know.

If you have any queries or concerns, do not hesitate to get in touch. Please quote the reference number above in any future communications.

To promote transparency and accountability, please note it is the Council’s policy to publish all request details and responses made under the freedom of information legislation. This information will be made available through the Council’s website and will not include your personal details. The disclosure log is available at the following link: http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/homepage/175....

Further information about your rights and accessing information is available on our website at: www.edinburgh.gov.uk

Yours sincerely,

Information Governance Unit
Level 2:1, Waverley Court, Edinburgh EH8 8BG Tel 0131 200 2340
[Edinburgh City Council request email] www.edinburgh.gov.uk

City of Edinburgh Council

Ms Pippa King

[FOI #450734 email]

Our ref: 17154

Dear Ms King

Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 - Request for Information – Information otherwise accessible.

Subject: Biometric Facial Analytical Technology

Thank you for your request for information 06/12/2017 where you asked the following:

Please could you advise the current update on any facial biometric, comparison, detection, analysis, recognition systems Edinburgh maybe deploying, whether owned, planned to own or contracting out external facial biometric technology services.

1) Please advise how many cameras may be/are integrated with any facial biometric capabilities from:

Public space cameras
Lothian Buses
Edinburgh Trams
Traffic management organisation – please clarify who this body is Or any other body or organisation

2) Please advise if any cameras not owned/controlled by City of Edinburgh Council are included in the CCTV upgrade scheme, that may be updated with any facial biometric capabilities, and who they are owned/controlled by i.e. privately owned systems, shopping center cameras, police cameras, Automatic Number Plate Recogntion (ANPR) cameras, etc.

3) Please advise how Police Scotland and the fires service will be included in the system that may have any facial biometric capabilities

4) Please advise how many mobile and temporary cameras will be deployed that may have any facial biometric capabilities.

5) Do these included body worn cameras? If so please advise by whom.

6) Please provide minutes of meeting where any facial biometric technology is discussed.

7) Please provide the area of the “CCTV coverage for the whole of south-east Scotland”.

8) Will the “CCTV coverage for the whole of south-east Scotland” include any facial biometric capabilities and vehicle registration recognition?

9) Please advise if CGI is providing any facial biometric capabilities and vehicle registration recognition capabilities. If not, please advise the companies providing this service.

10) Facial biometric capabilities – please advise, if any, what database/s of faces and/or identities the facial biometric system will be accessing.

11) Vehicle registration recognition - please advise what database/s of vehicle registrations the vehicle registration recognition system will be accessing.

12) Will the CCTV system have a ‘persons of interest’ tracking capabilities, i.e. not identifying a person by name but capable of using distinguishing features to track a person, using ‘soft’ biometrics' https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soft_biome... such as the ‘Suspect Search’ provided by NICE Systems that Glasgow City Council uses.

13) Please provide the privacy impact assessment for the cameras, facial biometric and the vehicle registration system.

Your request has been processed under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. The information you have requested is available in the Council’s Disclosure Log at the following location:

http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/homepage/175...

You should search for request number 16250. There has been no change since this request was answered in September 2017.

If you do not have access to the Internet at home, you may be able to use facilities at your local public library.

Under the terms of the Act, a request for information can be refused where one or more of the exemptions listed in the Act apply. In this instance, the Council is claiming an exemption under section 25 of the Act because the information is ‘otherwise accessible’.

If you do have difficulty in accessing the information or if you have any queries about this letter please contact me quoting the above reference number.

To promote transparency and accountability, please note it is the Council’s policy to publish all request details and responses made under the freedom of information legislation. This information will be made available through the Council’s website and will not include your personal details. The disclosure log is available at the following link: http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/homepage/175...

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If you are unhappy with the way we have dealt with your request, you can ask us to review our actions and decisions by writing to the:

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The City of Edinburgh Council,
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EH8 8BG or,
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Yours sincerely,

Iain Burden
Information Rights Officer

Information Governance Unit
Level 2:1, Waverley Court, Edinburgh EH8 8BG Tel 0131 200 2340
[Edinburgh City Council request email] www.edinburgh.gov.uk

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