Blake Hall

February 25, 2021

How $100M in Jobless Claims Went to Inmates

This post was originally published on this siteThe U.S. Labor Department’s inspector general said this week that roughly $100 million in fraudulent unemployment insurance claims were paid in 2020 to criminals who are already in jail. That’s a tiny share of the estimated tens of billions of dollars in jobless benefits states have given to identity thieves in the past year. To help reverse that trend, many states are now turning to a little-known private company called This post examines some of what that company is seeing in its efforts to stymie unemployment fraud. These prisoners tried to apply […]
January 19, 2022

IRS Will Soon Require Selfies for Online Access

This post was originally published on this siteIf you created an online account to manage your tax records with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS), those login credentials will cease to work later this year. The agency says that by the summer of 2022, the only way to log in to will be through, an online identity verification service that requires applicants to submit copies of bills and identity documents, as well as a live video feed of their faces via a mobile device. The IRS says it will require for all logins later this summer. McLean, […]
May 18, 2022

Senators Urge FTC to Probe Over Selfie Data

This post was originally published on this siteSome of more tech-savvy Democrats in the U.S. Senate are asking the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate identity-proofing company for “deceptive statements” the company and its founder allegedly made over how they handle facial recognition data collected on behalf of the Internal Revenue Service, which until recently required anyone seeking a new IRS account online to provide a live video selfie to In a letter to FTC Chair Lina Khan, the Senators charge that’s CEO Blake Hall has offered conflicting statements about how his company uses the facial scan data […]