Treasury Dept. reconsiders IRS’ use of facial recognition company ID.me

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Excerpt from Fox Business:

The Treasury Department is reassessing the Internal Revenue Service’s use of third-party facial recognition software ID.me for access to taxpayer accounts amid growing concerns about the company’s privacy practices.

A department official told FOX Business on Friday that Treasury and the IRS are exploring alternatives to ID.me. Bloomberg first reported the news.

“The IRS is consistently looking for ways to make the filing process more secure,” spokeswoman Alexandra LaManna said in a statement to FOX Business. “But to be clear, no American is required to take a selfie in order to file their tax return.”

The IRS had previously announced that beginning in summer 2022, users who need to log on to the agency’s website to access the Child Tax Credit Update Portal, check online accounts, get their tax transcript, receive an Identity Protection PIN or view an online payment agreement will need to create an account with identity verification company ID.me.

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