A very short time after the IRS mentioned they would use facial recognition to track taxpayers, they backed down quickly. Apparently it was, in part, a private contractor’s idea to make money off of their connections with the IRS; a requirement that was to be government imposed. Both sides of the political spectrum screamed out “are you kidding”, and that changed the face of the scanning project quickly. Don’t think that it won’t come back… it’s just a temporary setback. The tech is there, and it is just a matter of time before it will be used to ensure that we’ve paid our taxes, before we purchase a new house, car, television…. or maybe even groceries.
The Internal Revenue Service has abandoned its plan to verify the identities of US taxpayers using a private contractor’s facial recognition technology after both Democrats and Republicans actively opposed the deal.