26 Jun UK Tax Service Kept Millions of Citizens’ Voice Recordings
UK privacy watchdog Big Brother Watch recently found that HMRC (Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs) had collected the voice recordings of around 5.1 million citizens using its Voice ID service which was launched in January 2017.
HMRC initially informed visitors that they would be able to opt-out of the collection. However, Big Brother Watch’s investigation confirmed that the only way to avoid being recorded was to say “no” three times, which most callers were unaware of.
The privacy group argued that HMRC had violated the GDPR and urged the UK Information Commissioner’s Office to investigate the tax agency. The ICO says it has already begun its probe into the matter.
Source: Bleeping Computer