Sometimes the most interesting questions in moral philosophy arise not from teasing apart right vs. wrong but from balancing right vs. right. For example, which is the more important good: privacy or security? People of good conscience may have different opinions on that question, which is at the heart of the use of facial recognition software, for instance (and many science fiction plot lines). Although the use of facial recognition software has proliferated in the U.S. and elsewhere over the last several years, last month San Francisco became the first major city to ban the use of facial recognition software by law enforcement, arguing that privacy from government observation outweighed any security benefits the technology might convey.
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