The IRS has said it will allow taxpayers to opt-out of using facial recognition technology to gain access to their online accounts, and that it will shift to an entirely different identity verification system next year, as the agency tries to alleviate backlash over its use of biometric data. The IRS, which signed a two-year contract with third-party service ID.me to help authenticate people creating online accounts by using facial recognition, said it will continue to work with the firm. Taxpayers can still choose to have images of their faces scanned to gain access to their accounts, but those who decline to use facial recognition technology can verify their identity during a live, virtual interview with representatives from the company.
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