(AbsoluteNews.com) – Cybersecurity is a major concern for the American people, especially in light of all the attacks in recent months. Privacy also tops their list of important concerns. A new change from the IRS has caused these two issues to collide.
Beginning in the summer, Americans won’t have full access to their IRS accounts unless they submit biometric data. Access to tax transcripts, payment agreements and the Child Tax Credit Update Portal will all require users to verify their identity with a third-party website called ID.me. The new verification process will require people to provide a government ID card, such as a driver’s license or passport, and a video selfie.
This is a detailed look at the new IRS requirements, including the discriminatory aspects for people w/o necessary tech & problem of handing so much sensitive data to a 3rd party. https://t.co/0D7T6uIdvV
— Surveillance Killjoy (@hypervisible) January 20, 2022
Americans will still be able to pay their taxes without submitting their biometric data. They will also be able to submit their data. However, any other access will require users to sign up for the new verification process.
The change is causing a lot of anxiety for people who are afraid of a third-party contractor having too much access to their private information. On the one hand, protecting the identities of the American people is important; however, allowing a third party to collect so much personal data hasn’t ended well in the past. Millions of Americans have had their information stolen from private companies.
The idea the government or private company needs a video selfie is absurd. Do you agree with the latest IRS change? And do you think a private company needs to see every contour of a taxpayer’s face?
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