Id.me Facial Recognition Will Be Scrapped by the IRS After a Lot of People Complained.
According to a statement issued by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the agency will “transition away from using a third-party service for facial recognition to help authenticate people creating new online accounts” as of Monday afternoon. ID.me is a facial recognition software company that was acquired by the IRS in 2015.
The shift will take place over the next few weeks, according to the agency, “in order to avoid further disruptions to taxpayers during tax filing season.”
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) intends to develop “an extra authentication mechanism” that will not use any sort of facial recognition technology and will collaborate with other government organisations on the project.
“The Internal Revenue Service takes the privacy and security of taxpayer information seriously, and we appreciate the concerns that have been expressed,” stated IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig.
“Everyone should be satisfied with how their personal information is handled.”