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San Francisco passed a historic ban on city use of facial recognition. The “Stop Secret Surveillance” ordinance, which passed in an 8-1 vote on Tuesday, will not only ban city agencies from buying facial recognition tech — but force them to get city approval before purchasing any new surveillance technology such as license plate readers or drones. In dozens of other cities in the US, facial recognition technology is used by local police departments to surveil and track suspected criminals. Critics say the tools expand widespread government surveillance and reinforce police bias. The ban doesn’t affect the private sector — so the many San Franciscans who carry facial surveillance in their pocket with their iPhones won’t see any changes to such consumer technology. But stopping the…

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