BBC – HMRC forced to delete 5 million voice records following our investigation

Following our investigation into HMRC’s collection of voice biometrics from millions of unsuspecting UK taxpayers under their ‘Voice ID’ programme, we reported it to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) as a breach of data protection law. HMRC has now been told by the ICO to delete 5 million of these records which were obtained unlawfully, without people’s consent.

Silkie Carlo, director of Big Brother Watch, said:

“This is a massive success for Big Brother Watch, restoring data rights for millions of ordinary people around the country.

“To our knowledge, this is the biggest ever deletion of biometric IDs from a state-held database. This sets a vital precedent for biometrics collection and the database state, showing that campaigners and the ICO have real teeth and no government department is above the law.”

BBC – HMRC forced to delete five million voice files

Also: The Register – UK taxman falls foul of GDPR, agrees to wipe 5 million voice recordings used to make biometric IDs