How ID.me’s Face Recognition for IRS, Unemployment Works

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The issue also gained Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden’s attention. In a tweet, Wyden said he was “very disturbed” that some taxpayers may feel like they need to submit to a facial recognition scene. “While e-filing returns remain unaffected, I’m pushing the IRS for greater transparency on this plan.”

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Though this particular instance happens to narrowly focus on ID., Stanley, the ACLU attorney, said the transparency issues highlighted are evidence of an overall system in need of a review from top to bottom.

“The infrastructure here of having a for-profit company doing what is probably an essential government function [verifying identities] is a broken way to build this kind of identity proofing system.”

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