San Francisco's facial recognition ban is just the beginning of a national battle over the technology

May 20, 2019

Police say facial recognition is “essential” and “imperative” -- a groundbreaking tool that allows them to track down criminals who would otherwise escape justice. Opponents say the technology is “nefarious” and “dangerous” -- an omen of repressive government surveillance. The two sides are engaged in an escalating battle over public opinion that will reach a turning point this week, when San Francisco is expected to become the first city in the country to adopt a ban on government use of facial recognition.