Mail on Sunday – HMRC takes 5 million taxpayers’ voice biometric IDs without consent

Big Brother Watch Team / June 25, 2018

Our investigation revealed that taxpayers’ sensitive biometric data is being taken by the HMRC, without a choice to opt in or out, in a mass ID scheme. Experts say that this may breach UK data protection laws.

Silkie Carlo, director of Big Brother Watch, said:

“HMRC should delete the 5 million voiceprints they’ve taken in this shady scheme, observe the law and show greater respect to the public.”


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This has also been reported by:

BBC News – Voices of millions of UK taxpayers stored by HMRC

I News – HMRC has collected more than 5.1m recordings of taxpayers’ voices without consent

New Statesman – GDPR: HMRC’s database of 5.1m voice records raises “significant questions of lawfulness”

The Register – UK taxman has amassed voice profiles of 5.1 MEEELLION taxpayers

The Sun – BAD CALL Tax officials have secretly been recording the voices of millions of Brits during calls

City AM – HMRC accused of breaching data protection laws for taking ‘voice IDs’ of 5m taxpayers