The IRS at some point was using a company named ID.me 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.
- 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.
“Reached for comment, a spokesperson for ID.me referred Fast Company to the IRS.”