Using Selfies To Protect Personally Identifiable Information

Jennifer Gladstone

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selfie-guyIf you caught our blog last week, you know that the IRS paid out billions to crooks who were filing false tax returns using stolen information. Now, two states are testing a system that could protect you from these refund robbers using two unlikely tools: your driver’s license and a selfie.

According to an article on Nextgov.com, taxpayers in North Carolina and Georgia will soon be able to download software that will help them block imposters from filing false state returns. To do it, first you have to download an app called MorphoTrust. Then scan the barcode on your license and take a picture of the front. The third step is to take a selfie. The app then compares your picture on file with the DMV to the selfie. If there is a facial match, the state revenue agency gets the OK to go ahead and process the return.

The best part is that none of this personally identifiable information is stored and no one actually sees it. The app just sends a confirmation to the state if the faces match, or denial if they don’t. You don’t even have to send the selfie out into cyberspace. It stays on your phone.

The goal is to have 75,000 taxpayers sign up for the trial this tax season. There is no talk about using this on the federal level- yet. 

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Jennifer Gladstone

Posted By: Jennifer Gladstone

Jennifer Gladstone is a news anchor and journalist with more than 20 years of experience in front of the camera. She's worked in several markets, large and small, and has performed nearly every task needed in a newsroom. As EBI’s Screening News Editor, she keeps EBI’s customers and blog subscribers up to date on the latest screening news and legislative alerts affecting companies of all sizes.

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