They knew it was a bad idea.
Not long ago, we reported that the IRS was going to begin tracking people using facial recognition software ID.me. This move would have forced Americans to submit photos of themselves to access their taxpayer accounts.
Now, after receiving major blowback from Americans, the Treasury Department has just announced that they are reconsidering the decision. It is important to understand that they are simply “reconsidering” it and the decision to not do so is still only on the table.
Treasury spokeswoman Alexandra LaManna said that they are now exploring alternate solutions.
According to Fox, LaManna stated, “The IRS is consistently looking for ways to make the filing process more secure. But to be clear, no American is required to take a selfie in order to file their tax return.”
The requirement for selfies was expected to begin in summer 2022.