Last year, in an attempt to address the growing problem of fraud targeting taxpayers, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) signed a two-year, $86 million contract with identity verification company to provide facial recognition services for users accessing IRS services online.

However, by January, the IRS’s implementation of’s solution received widespread criticism from advocacy groups and bi-partisan legislators who maintained that forcing taxpayers to provide biometric data was an invasion of privacy.

In the latest The Security Podcasts episode, Tom Thimot, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of, offers a unique perspective on the concerns raised around’s technology, where they went wrong with the IRS, and the drawbacks of facial recognition technology. 

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