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New legislation aims to stop IRS' use of facial recognition technology

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Facial Recognition technology may be used by the IRS soon, however the FACE Act plans to stop it.

United States Rep. Bill Huizenga, (R) introduced the FACE Act on Friday.

United States Representative Bill Huizenga ( R ) announced new legislation that would ban the Internal Revenue Service from using facial recognition software. Huizenga, who represents Michigan’s 2nd Congressional District, introduced the Facial Authorization Cannot be Enforced Act--or FACE Act--on Friday, which, if passed, would outlaw the IRS from using the technology to store people’s images into a database.

With the IRS having been prone to cyber-attacks in the past, Huizenga argues, the “desire to use facial recognition software in order to access basic services from the IRS should be concerning to every American.”

“The use of facial recognition technology by the IRS dramatically expands the federal government’s role in data collection and puts the privacy of American taxpayers at far too great a risk,” he said.

Right now, the IRS uses ID.me., a third party organization that verifies the identity of those who are using the Internal Revenue Services’ website. To access information, a user must provide an email address, social security number, picture ID and a “selfie picture” taken with a camera.

On Monday, the New York Times reported that the IRS may all ready be abandoning the facial recognition idea in response to the FACE Act.

In a press release, Huizenga said,

“I am going to continue to push for the FACE Act to be enacted so the IRS cannot change its mind down the road and create a database that stores the faces of American taxpayers.”

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