The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced Monday that it will transition away from the use of facial recognition after lawmakers objected to it.

The IRS said it will discontinue using third-party services for facial recognition used to help authenticate people making new accounts online.

Earlier Monday, Representative Ted Lieu posted a letter on Twitter to IRS Commissioner Charles Retig urging him to halt the IRS’s plan to use facial recognition through the third-party company ID.me, saying it could put Americans’ information at risk to cyberattacks. Lieu, and Representatives Pramila Jayapal, Yvette D. Clarke and Anna G. Eshoo all signed the letter.

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Earlier Monday, Rep. Ted Lieu posted a letter on Twitter to IRS Commissioner Charles Retig urging Retig to halt the IRS’s plan to use facial recognition through the third-party company ID.me, saying it could put Americans’ information at risk to cyberattacks. In this photo, an X5 group representative demonstrates a facial recognition payment system at a self-checkout machine in a Perekrestok supermarket in Moscow on March 9, 2021.
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