The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is planning to require citizens to create accounts with a private facial recognition company in order to file taxes online, in an effort to mitigate the risk of identity theft. This decision, however, has prompted a backlash, in part over concerns about requiring citizens to use facial recognition technology and in part over difficulties some people have had in using the system. The reaction has prompted the IRS to revisit its decision.
The U.S. stands at the edge of a slippery slope, and while that does not mean facial recognition technology should not be used at all, it does mean that the government should put more care and due diligence into exploring the terrain ahead before taking those critical first steps.
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