I struggle with the idea of facial recognition by any government entity. It sounds good when presented as a way to catch bad guys, but who decides who the bad guys are? Is it the murderers or alleged thieves? Is it the accused embezzler, or the shoplifter? Is it the person who happens to be going 36 in a 35 mph zone? Portland, Maine now has a rule that will likely later be trounced by Federal oversight, but it’s something to watch.

Portland, Maine is just the latest city to swear off public and police use of facial recognition technology, following previous bans by Boston, San Francisco, and Portland, Oregon.