Monday February 7, 2022 – Last week we reported on the IRS plan to use facial recognition software from ID.ne to verify taxpayers identities before they could gain access to their own tax information. We pointed out the potential and real problems with such a plan.
Late last week a bipartisan group of Senators, including Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon and Republican Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri wrote in a letter to Commissioner Charles P. Rettig that the IRS has a “poor track record of protecting taxpayer data” and that facial recognition technology, in particular, poses deep concerns around privacy and security—”
The IRS announced the plan 19 days ago saying “by the summer of 2022, the only way to log in to irs.gov will be through ID.me, an online identity verification service that requires applicants to submit copies of bills and identity documents, as well as a live video feed of their faces via a mobile device.”
The IRS often comes up with ideas they public thinks is outlandish – go figure.
Attorney Steven A. Leahy will review that latest news about this IRS effort.