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Reports detail spread of secretive facial recognition in the U.S.

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Times Square. Photo: Ramin Talaie/Corbis/Getty

Police departments throughout the U.S. are quietly rolling out facial recognition systems, according to a pair of new reports, even as scrutiny intensifies over the technology's accuracy and fairness.

What's happening: From high-tech systems in Chicago and Detroit to ongoing tests in every corner of the country, law enforcement is taking advantage of near-total freedom to deploy the surveillance technology without oversight or public announcement.

Mayor Bill de Blasio's presidential announcement falls flat

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NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio at a New York Police Foundation gala. Photo: Owen Hoffmann/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images

Mayor Bill de Blasio's 2020 presidential announcement fell flat with New Yorkers — including President Trump on Thursday.