House Democrats join senators in urging IRS to end plan for ID.me facial recognition

Multiple members of Congress have come out against a plan from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to incorporate facial recognition provider ID.me into its processes this summer. 

The White House continues to ignore requests for comment, but Congressman Ted Lieu, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, and Congresswoman Yvette Clarke sent a letter to IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig on Monday demanding the agency “halt its plan to employ facial recognition technology and consult with a wide variety of stakeholders before deciding on an alternative.” 

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“Any government agency operating a face recognition technology system — or contracting with a third party — creates potential risks of privacy violations and abuse. We urge the IRS to halt this plan and consult with a wide variety of stakeholders before deciding on an alternative,” the Congress members wrote. 

Like the letter sent by numerous Senate Republicans last week, the House members question the new biometric requirements that will be necessary for accessing a

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