In a blog post from the U.K. Information Commissioner's Office, Deputy Commissioner for Policy Steve Wood announced the ICO will investigate the data processing compliance of the U.K. tax authority, Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs. The audit comes a week after the ICO found HMRC's voice ID system was in breach of data laws, resulting in the deletion of 7 million voice recordings held by the tax authority. Additionally, the ICO found that a data impact assessment was not in place before HMRC activated its new system. The alleged violations were brought to the ICO's attention last June when Big Brother Watch filed a complaint about the HMRC's system and practices. Wood also used the blog post to suggest considerations that organizations need to make before employing tech that involves personal data, especially biometric data.
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