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IRS Selfie-Tech Provider Stirs Senate Ire Over Face Recognition

  • Identity firm facing growing scrutiny over facial recognition
  • ID.me now claims to have more than 80 million users in the US
Ron Wyden
Ron WydenPhotographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg
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A group of Democratic senators has asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate whether identity verification company ID.me illegally misled consumers and government agencies over its use of controversial facial recognition software.

ID.me, which uses a mixture of selfies, document scans, and other methods to verify people’s identities online has grown rapidly during the coronavirus pandemic, largely as a result of contracts with state unemployment departments and federal agencies including the Internal Revenue Service.