Contractor to drop facial recognition requirement for all government agencies

 

Source: Drew Harwell, Washington Post ( Paid Registration )

The private contractor ID.me said it will drop the facial recognition requirement in the identity-verification software used by 30 states and 10 federal agencies, a major reversal following a backlash due to the technology’s accuracy and privacy concerns.

The announcement came one day after the Internal Revenue Service said it would abandon its plan to require anyone seeking to access their tax records online to submit a “video selfie” to ID.me, which scans people’s faces to look for identity theft or fraud. The company also announced that anyone could delete their selfie or photo data starting March 1.

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