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Old 07-02-2019, 10:19   #1
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HMRC'S Voice ID Database.

Not sure where to put this but thought others may find this interesting. You may all have already heard about this, and maybe I am alone in distrusting government agency's sometimes underhand actions, but I am always concerned when I hear of any Big Brother developments and this Voice ID scheme by HMRC caught my attention.

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25th January 2019
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HMRC continues to take ‘voiceprints’ from callers to their helpline, scooping up another 2 million taxpayers’ Voice IDs in the past six months and growing the biometric database to an astronomical 7 million IDs.

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Director of Big Brother Watch, Silkie Carlo, said:

“HMRC’s shady Voice ID scheme forced biometric IDs on the UK by the back door and created one of the largest known state-held voice databases in the world. It is a great success for us that HMRC has finally allowed taxpayers to delete their voiceprints and that so many thousands of people are reclaiming their rights by getting their Voice IDs deleted.

“Now it is down to the ICO to take robust action and show that the Government isn’t above the law. HMRC took millions of Voice IDs without taxpayers’ legal consent – the only satisfactory outcome is for those millions of Voice IDs to be deleted.”


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Well, I just used it, and they ask if you want it to use it, and if you don't, they will delete it.
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Re: HMRC'S Voice ID Database.

I had to apply to have my voice removed as I was one of the those who had been harvested a few years ago in what must have been a trial run. I certainly don't remember being asked to say anything specific and voice recognition was certainly never mentioned but when I contacted HMRC last November they confirmed that my voice ID was on record and "if I insisted" it would be removed. I insisted.

Whether I opt in sometime in the future will be my decision. Good to have it confirmed that 'opting in' is being used Hugh rather than an assumption that you want to put your faith in voice recognition being infallible.

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