Just keep slurping: HMRC adds two million taxpayers’ voices to biometric database


HMRC’s database of Brits’ voiceprints has grown by 2 million since June – but campaign group Big Brother Watch has claimed success as 160,000 people turned the taxman’s requests down.

The Voice ID scheme, which requires taxpayers to say a key phrase that is recorded to create a digital signature, was introduced in January 2017. In the 18 months that followed, HMRC scooped up some 5.1 million people’s voiceprints this way.

Since then, another 2 million records have been collected, according to a Freedom of Information request from Big Brother Watch.

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Source: The Register