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HMRC used ‘implied consent’ to collect voiceprints of five million citizens



The Information Commissioner’s Office is investigating a complaint made against HM Revenue and Customs, after the department used an “implied consent” model to collect voice identification information on more than five million citizens.

Responding to a Freedom of Information request from the privacy advocacy group Big Brother Watch, HMRC said that, as of 13 March 2018, 5.1 million citizens were enrolled on its voice ID scheme.

The department also said that these identifications had been collected “on the basis of the implied consent of the customer” – although a process of explicit consent is being developed, it added.

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