IRS reverses course, won't require video selfies for taxpayer identification

the latest tech news, global tech news daily, tech news today, startups, usa tech, asia tech, china tech, eu tech, global tech, in-depth electronics reviews, 24h tech news, 24h tech news, top mobile apps, tech news daily, gaming hardware, big tech news, useful technology tips, expert interviews, reporting on the business of technology, venture capital funding, programing language

IRS revealed, on Monday

AppleInsider is supported by its audience and may earn commission as an Amazon Associate and affiliate partner on qualifying purchases. These affiliate partnerships do not influence our editorial content.

the latest tech news, global tech news daily, tech news today, startups, usa tech, asia tech, china tech, eu tech, global tech, in-depth electronics reviews, 24h tech news, 24h tech news, top mobile apps, tech news daily, gaming hardware, big tech news, useful technology tips, expert interviews, reporting on the business of technology, venture capital funding, programing language

The Internal Revenue Service is pulling away from its plan to start identifying taxpayers using video selfies via ID.me, with the government agency working to come up with another method that avoids facial recognition.

In January, the IRS revealed it was intending to use ID.me to verify new and existing users wanting to file taxes or to access tax records. A few weeks later, the IRS has changed course.

Global Tech News Daily

The IRS said on Monday it will “transition away from using a third-party service for facial recognition to help authenticate people creating new online accounts.”

As part of the change, the IRS will “quickly develop and bring online an additional authentication process that does not involve facial recognition.” It will also work with “cross-government partners to develop authentication methods” it could use, while still ensuring “broad access to tools.”

Global Tech News Daily

The transition is expected to take place over the coming weeks, with the intention of avoiding causing mass disruption during tax season.

IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig insists the IRS takes privacy and security seriously, and understands the concerns raised since its initial announcement. “Everyone should feel comfortable with how their personal information is secured, and we are quickly pursuing short-term options that do not involve facial recognition.”

The change in plans follows after a letter from members of Congress was sent to Rettig on Monday, expressing concern about the plan to require “millions of Americans to have their face scanned by a government contractor. The letter said facial recognition system usage by a government agency, or contracting with a third-party “creates potential risks of privacy violations and abuse.”

The letter also highlighted issues of racial bias in face recognition systems, as well as a seeming “lack of transparency” in the contract between the IRS and ID.me and ID.me itself.

In an initial use of the system by an AppleInsider staffer, the verification process required a video selfie taken via the company’s website, as well as utility bills or a proof of residence, and a government-issued ID. Taking the video selfie was problematic, with light issues slowing the process down.

News Related

OTHER NEWS

Apple, Broadcom win new damages trial in $1.1B Caltech patent case

AppleInsider is supported by its audience and may earn commission as an Amazon Associate and affiliate partner on qualifying purchases. These affiliate partnerships do not influence our editorial content. A ... Read more »

Creative TiKTok user converts an iBook G3 into iPad case

AppleInsider is supported by its audience and may earn commission as an Amazon Associate and affiliate partner on qualifying purchases. These affiliate partnerships do not influence our editorial content. By ... Read more »

Michigan toddler dials 911 on Apple Watch

AppleInsider is supported by its audience and may earn commission as an Amazon Associate and affiliate partner on qualifying purchases. These affiliate partnerships do not influence our editorial content. A ... Read more »

Best deals Feb. 4: $70 off Powerbeats Pro, $220 27-inch 2K monitor, $40 400GB microSD card, more!

AppleInsider is supported by its audience and may earn commission as an Amazon Associate and affiliate partner on qualifying purchases. These affiliate partnerships do not influence our editorial content. Friday’s ... Read more »

iMac Pro, AirPods Pro 2, and hands-on with Universal Control on the AppleInsider podcast

AppleInsider is supported by its audience and may earn commission as an Amazon Associate and affiliate partner on qualifying purchases. These affiliate partnerships do not influence our editorial content. On ... Read more »

MacBook Pro, Pro Display XDR will automatically dim when hot

AppleInsider is supported by its audience and may earn commission as an Amazon Associate and affiliate partner on qualifying purchases. These affiliate partnerships do not influence our editorial content. Apple ... Read more »

Second class action suit targets Powerbeats Pro battery life, charging issues

AppleInsider is supported by its audience and may earn commission as an Amazon Associate and affiliate partner on qualifying purchases. These affiliate partnerships do not influence our editorial content. A ... Read more »

Amazon Prime raising annual subscription to $139

AppleInsider is supported by its audience and may earn commission as an Amazon Associate and affiliate partner on qualifying purchases. These affiliate partnerships do not influence our editorial content. The ... Read more »

Apple cuts commission by 3% for Dutch apps using third-party payments

AppleInsider is supported by its audience and may earn commission as an Amazon Associate and affiliate partner on qualifying purchases. These affiliate partnerships do not influence our editorial content. Following ... Read more »

Victrola Revolution Go review: a portable record player perfect for budding music enthusiasts

AppleInsider is supported by its audience and may earn commission as an Amazon Associate and affiliate partner on qualifying purchases. These affiliate partnerships do not influence our editorial content. Take ... Read more »

UK woman orders iPhone 13 Pro Max, gets a $1 bottle of hand soap instead

AppleInsider is supported by its audience and may earn commission as an Amazon Associate and affiliate partner on qualifying purchases. These affiliate partnerships do not influence our editorial content. A ... Read more »

Microsoft tracking increasingly sophisticated Mac trojan that delivers adware

AppleInsider is supported by its audience and may earn commission as an Amazon Associate and affiliate partner on qualifying purchases. These affiliate partnerships do not influence our editorial content. Microsoft’s ... Read more »

Apple releases trailer for 'Lincoln's Dilemma,' coming to Apple TV+ on Feb. 18

AppleInsider is supported by its audience and may earn commission as an Amazon Associate and affiliate partner on qualifying purchases. These affiliate partnerships do not influence our editorial content. Apple ... Read more »

Glenn Close joins the cast for season 2 of 'Tehran' on Apple TV+, premiering May 6

AppleInsider is supported by its audience and may earn commission as an Amazon Associate and affiliate partner on qualifying purchases. These affiliate partnerships do not influence our editorial content. Apple ... Read more »

Lowest price ever: Apple 24-inch iMac dips to $1,149 for a limited time only

AppleInsider is supported by its audience and may earn commission as an Amazon Associate and affiliate partner on qualifying purchases. These affiliate partnerships do not influence our editorial content. The ... Read more »

AirTags with disabled anti-stalking speakers briefly surface on eBay, Etsy

AppleInsider is supported by its audience and may earn commission as an Amazon Associate and affiliate partner on qualifying purchases. These affiliate partnerships do not influence our editorial content. Apple ... Read more »

Apple's December quarter was its best yet for iPhone sales in India

AppleInsider is supported by its audience and may earn commission as an Amazon Associate and affiliate partner on qualifying purchases. These affiliate partnerships do not influence our editorial content. Apple’s ... Read more »

iPad delivery estimates remained extended as Apple prioritizes iPhone 13

AppleInsider is supported by its audience and may earn commission as an Amazon Associate and affiliate partner on qualifying purchases. These affiliate partnerships do not influence our editorial content. New ... Read more »

Senate Judiciary advances bill that would force Apple to allow iOS side-loading

AppleInsider is supported by its audience and may earn commission as an Amazon Associate and affiliate partner on qualifying purchases. These affiliate partnerships do not influence our editorial content. The ... Read more »

Putting Face ID unlock with masks to the test in iOS 15.4 & how to set it up

AppleInsider is supported by its audience and may earn commission as an Amazon Associate and affiliate partner on qualifying purchases. These affiliate partnerships do not influence our editorial content. In ... Read more »

Best deals Feb. 3: AirPods Pro w/ MagSafe $180, $550 off 55-inch LG OLED, 30% off an Eero router, more!

AppleInsider is supported by its audience and may earn commission as an Amazon Associate and affiliate partner on qualifying purchases. These affiliate partnerships do not influence our editorial content. Thursday’s ... Read more »

Apple TV+ picks up four Bafta film nominations

AppleInsider is supported by its audience and may earn commission as an Amazon Associate and affiliate partner on qualifying purchases. These affiliate partnerships do not influence our editorial content. The ... Read more »

Judge dismisses proposed iPhone water resistance class action suit

AppleInsider is supported by its audience and may earn commission as an Amazon Associate and affiliate partner on qualifying purchases. These affiliate partnerships do not influence our editorial content. A ... Read more »

Second Israeli firm developed & sold exploit to break into iPhones remotely

AppleInsider is supported by its audience and may earn commission as an Amazon Associate and affiliate partner on qualifying purchases. These affiliate partnerships do not influence our editorial content. A ... Read more »

Apple opens 'reimagined' new Abu Dhabi retail store

AppleInsider is supported by its audience and may earn commission as an Amazon Associate and affiliate partner on qualifying purchases. These affiliate partnerships do not influence our editorial content. Apple ... Read more »

South Korea says Apple's alternative payment plan 'lacks detail'

AppleInsider is supported by its audience and may earn commission as an Amazon Associate and affiliate partner on qualifying purchases. These affiliate partnerships do not influence our editorial content. South ... Read more »

Battle of the super yachts: Jeff Bezos' Y721 versus Steve Jobs' 'Venus'

AppleInsider is supported by its audience and may earn commission as an Amazon Associate and affiliate partner on qualifying purchases. These affiliate partnerships do not influence our editorial content. The ... Read more »

Apple urges lawmakers to reject bill that would force it to allow side-loading

AppleInsider is supported by its audience and may earn commission as an Amazon Associate and affiliate partner on qualifying purchases. These affiliate partnerships do not influence our editorial content. Apple ... Read more »

Facebook rebuilding ad platform due to App Tracking Transparency, data laws

AppleInsider is supported by its audience and may earn commission as an Amazon Associate and affiliate partner on qualifying purchases. These affiliate partnerships do not influence our editorial content. Meta ... Read more »

Apple's board recommends voting against all shareholder proposals

AppleInsider is supported by its audience and may earn commission as an Amazon Associate and affiliate partner on qualifying purchases. These affiliate partnerships do not influence our editorial content. Unsurprisingly, ... Read more »

How AppleInsider staff continue to work from home, two years later

AppleInsider is supported by its audience and may earn commission as an Amazon Associate and affiliate partner on qualifying purchases. These affiliate partnerships do not influence our editorial content. All ... Read more »

Apple Watch Series 7 has a fast charging problem

AppleInsider is supported by its audience and may earn commission as an Amazon Associate and affiliate partner on qualifying purchases. These affiliate partnerships do not influence our editorial content. One ... Read more »

Apple TV+ has a TikTok and its first challenge promotes 'The Afterparty'

AppleInsider is supported by its audience and may earn commission as an Amazon Associate and affiliate partner on qualifying purchases. These affiliate partnerships do not influence our editorial content. Apple ... Read more »

Compared: Jabra Elite 4 Active vs AirPods vs AirPods Pro

AppleInsider is supported by its audience and may earn commission as an Amazon Associate and affiliate partner on qualifying purchases. These affiliate partnerships do not influence our editorial content. Jabra’s ... Read more »

Connecticut man caught placing an AirTag for stalking

AppleInsider is supported by its audience and may earn commission as an Amazon Associate and affiliate partner on qualifying purchases. These affiliate partnerships do not influence our editorial content. A ... Read more »

Amazon launches Apple Watch sale, offering lowest prices in 30 days

AppleInsider is supported by its audience and may earn commission as an Amazon Associate and affiliate partner on qualifying purchases. These affiliate partnerships do not influence our editorial content. Just ... Read more »

Best deals Feb. 2: $100 off every AirPods Max color, $400 off Vizio 65-inch 4K 120Hz AirPlay TV, more!

AppleInsider is supported by its audience and may earn commission as an Amazon Associate and affiliate partner on qualifying purchases. These affiliate partnerships do not influence our editorial content. In ... Read more »

Qualcomm gets another chance to validate patents in Apple lawsuit

AppleInsider is supported by its audience and may earn commission as an Amazon Associate and affiliate partner on qualifying purchases. These affiliate partnerships do not influence our editorial content. iPhone ... Read more »

Apple TV+ announces 'Dear Edward' drama from creator of 'Friday Night Lights'

AppleInsider is supported by its audience and may earn commission as an Amazon Associate and affiliate partner on qualifying purchases. These affiliate partnerships do not influence our editorial content. “Friday ... Read more »

Apple tops 'most admired companies' list for 15th year in a row

AppleInsider is supported by its audience and may earn commission as an Amazon Associate and affiliate partner on qualifying purchases. These affiliate partnerships do not influence our editorial content. “Fortune” ... Read more »