The IRS at some point was using a company named to facially identify taxpayers. After some flak from the public, they decided that it would be a good idea to stop what they’re doing. Even Congress was getting in on the action stating that it was a massive breach of privacy. The IRS stated that it will be building a different authentication system that hopefully won’t break any privacy concerns that the people may have.

Key Takeaways:

  • The IRS is going to build an authentication system that doesn’t use facial recognition to prevent scammers from impersonating taxpayers.
  • One of the issues that came with this system is people had a hard time getting the system to verify them.
  • There was also issues due to limited internet access, as well as an algorithmic bias.

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