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Portland, Maine, Becomes the 13th City to Ban Facial Recognition Tech

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Following months of deliberation and delays, the city of Portland in Southern Maine became the thirteenth city to issue a blanket ban prohibiting its city officials—including local police—from using facial recognition technology.

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The unanimous decision among all nine councilors was reached late Monday night, after what seemed like an endless string of hemming and hawing on their part to put a full-on ban of the technology to a vote. At the time, some officials were reportedly hesitant over putting down their vote, since a ban on facial recognition technology would cut off the city’s local airport from tapping into this tech the same way we’ve been seeing with airports across the country.

Others saw the ban as being superfluous, since city staffers aren’t known to be using the tech right now, and pretty much all agreed that they had no immediate plans to tack on that sort of tech.

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But as pointed out by Councilor Justin Costa back in January, if officials waited for these particular stars to align, it might already be too late. And in the months that followed, what we saw plenty of reasons to get ahead of the game: stories of uniformed officers abusing their power on a national scale, stories of facial recognition algorithms wrongfully convicting an innocent bystander, stories of inescapable surveillance being bankrolled by the presidential administration. Against that backdrop—and after a fair bit of prodding from the Maine and Massachusetts branches of the ACLU—it’s not hard to see why the council members finally caved.

Their vote turned Portland into the thirteenth city in the U.S. to ban facial-recognition tech, and the first city outside of California or Massachusetts to make the move to do so. And while the Maine State Police have denied that they indulge in these tools for any sort of snooping or spying, this move will make sure that they never have the chance.

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Charge Your Phone Wirelessly With 50% off a Multifunctional LED Lamp

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Keep That Hotdish Hot With 65% Off a Luncia Casserole Carrier, Only $11 With Promo Code

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It has been a long time since the days we could safely have a potluck or other gatherings, but we have a fantastic deal perfect for once those times return. These double-decker Luncia dish carriers can be had for 65% off when you add promo code SDDU9S7F at checkout and clip the coupon on the site (it’s just below the price). These holders fit 9″x 13″ sized baking dishes.

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That means you can insulate and keep two dishes of food warm for only $11 instead of $30. What’s more, your Luncia carrier will arrive by Christmas if you order today as a Prime member.

Just add promo code SDDU9S7F and clip the 5% off coupon to bring the price down to $11 for the blue or the grey option.

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Conquer Your Pup’s Dander and Fur With $700 Off a Cobalt or Charcoal Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum

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Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Cobalt) | $200 | Best Buy

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Allergies can be bad enough as the seasons change. Don’t let pet hair and dander add to that by vacuuming it up early and often. That chore is easier said than done— unless you have a robot vacuum to do the work for you. This lovely bright cobalt Bobsweep PetHair Plus robot vacuum and mop, only $200 today at Best Buy seems like an ideal option. That’s a whopping $700 off, by the way.

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