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Lord God, we see the potential usefulness of technology and we see the potential privacy concerns. We pray for the federal, state, and local officials who are making decisions with broad implications. Give them wisdom and turn their hearts to You.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) of the US will require people to submit a facial scan through a third party provider to make payments or file taxes online. The system raises obvious privacy concerns.

Currently, users only require a username and password to log into their IRS accounts. But starting the summer of 2022, users will need to verify their identity through a third-party identity verification company called ID.me. The change was first noticed by Krebs on Security.

The first step is creating an account with ID.me, which requires uploading a primary identification document such as a driver’s license or passport.

Then a user is asked to take a live selfie video using their smartphone’s camera or computer’s webcam. The company compares the selfie with the image on your identification document.

If the verification process fails or is flagged for some reason, the user will be asked to join a recorded video call with a representative from ID.me…

After submitting the selfie, the system asks you to confirm your phone number. To complete the whole process you will also have to submit two secondary identification documents, which include a birth certificate, Social Security card, W-2 form, bank statement, or electric bill.

ID.me requires users to submit a gold mine of personal identifying data and biometric data. In a white paper, the company insists there is a difference between facial recognition and its face match system…

“Face match is equivalent to an airport agent comparing your face to the photo on your government ID card,” ID.me said. “Facial recognition is equivalent to giving your picture to the same agent, putting him on stage at a rock concert, and asking him to pick your face out of the crowd.”

The company also claims it does not share, sell, or lease the data it collects with third parties. It only shares some data with “select partners.”

The company could also “comply with a request from law enforcement or government entities where not prohibited by law.”

After deleting your ID.me account, the company’s policy states it might retain your data for up to 7.5 years.

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(Excerpt from Reclaim The Net. Photo Credit: Getty Images)

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Alan Seeling
March 16, 2022

Simply NO. Remember the Patriot Act, “We will not collect data on you!”

Tamera P Kennedy
January 25, 2022

Thank you for the work you do and bringing this issue to our attention. Prayer is the most effective way to fight the evil intentions of the ignorant unsaved citizenry. God will provide a way for us to do His will as we seek to spread the gospel and commit our lives to the purpose of His glory.

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