The IRS saga of facial recognition continues. First they announced it was mandatory, then dialed back after the 3rd party, ID.me, appeared to have too much of an inside track. Now, the IRS have taken a middle road of allowing the facial recognition, and if you don’t want to use ID.me, you can go on a live virtual interview with agents. The IRS claims nothing will be stored, but this is like a Zoom call, where they can record you, and store your facial features anyway. This is on track for very soon, and I’m not happy with this intrusion by our government to attach our appearance to more records the government store about us.
Taxpayers can opt for live, virtual interviews to verify their identities without providing biometric data.