IRS prohibits collection of biometric information under Huizenga bill

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On February 15, U.S. Representative Bill Huizenga (R-MI) led 18 Republicans to introduce legislation that would amend current federal law to prohibit the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) from requiring taxpayers to provide information biometrics.

“Too often, we’ve seen the federal government intrude more and more into the privacy of Americans,” Rep. Huizenga said, pointing to “the IRS’s history of targeting conservatives and leaking information.” deprived of taxpayers”.

“Clearly the IRS should not be allowed to collect or require the use of biometric data,” he said.

Rep. Huizenga on Tuesday sponsored the IRS Biometrics Ban Act, HR 6733, with original co-sponsors including U.S. Rep. Ashley Hinson (R-IA), Ann Wagner (R-MO), Rodney Davis (R- IL), Nancy Mace (R-SC), John Moolenaar (R-MI) and Vern Buchanan (R-FL). The bill is complementary legislation to S. 3599 of the same name, introduced Feb. 8 by U.S. Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) and eight original cosponsors, including U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA).

“The IRS demonstrated a clear desire to collect biometric information from Americans when they were in the final stages of implementing their facial recognition requirement,” Rep. Huizenga said. “The IRS Biometrics Ban Act is a common-sense approach to bolstering the privacy protections of Americans while ending the gross and invasive excesses of the federal government.”

Specifically, the bill would define “biometric information” as that relating to any measurable physical characteristic or personal behavioral trait used to recognize the identity or verify the identity or claimed location of an individual, including images facial, fingerprint and iris scans, according to the text of the bill.

In addition, the proposed bill would require the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Director of the Agency for Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security, to develop a plan within 180 days of the bill’s enactment “to the safe and secure destruction and disposal of any biometric information collected or used by the IRS or any third-party vendor on behalf of the IRS “prior to the date the bill becomes law,” the bill states.

HR 6733 has been referred to the US House Ways and Means Committee for review, while S. 3599 is being reviewed by the US Senate Finance Committee.

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