FB pixel

More than 30,000 Australians registered voiceprints with ATO in biometric authentication rollout

 

The Australian Taxation Office announced that it has recorded more than 30,000 “voiceprints” from Australian citizens since the agency rolled out its new biometric authentication system, according to a report by ZDNet.

Using voice recognition technology, the ATO‘s voiceprint system generates a digital representation of the sound, rhythm, physical characteristics, and patterns in a person’s voice.

The ATO said that the new system is designed to curb identity theft as well as replace the previous password and answer based verification systems.

Having quietly rolled out the voiceprint system over the past couple of months, the ATO announced last month that it had introduced the biometric authentication service to verify some Australian taxpayers for some of its phone services.

The ATO announced as early as May that it was testing out the system in a smaller capacity before announcing this week that it has launched the new voice authentication system.

“In the last fortnight, over 30,000 Australians have already chosen to use our voice verification technology. It is a more efficient and secure service to the community,” second commissioner Geoff Leeper said in a statement. “For people who call us regularly, voice verification will speed up the authentication process and cut the time they need to spend on the phone to the ATO.”

Now when Australians contact the agency by phone, they will be given the option of recording a short voiceprint that can be used to verify their identity for future calls.In the future, the system will support individuals acting in their role as an intermediary, such as a registered tax agent.

Article Topics

 |   |   |   | 

Latest Biometrics News

 

Biometrics cutting the line of in-person payments innovations: Mastercard

Mastercard sees biometrics for in-store payments as a part of a broader shift towards seamless interactions of all kinds, as…

 

New South Wales’ government is investing millions in digital identity

New South Wales’ decentralized digital identity program is getting a cash infusion from the Premier Chris Minns’ government, which has…

 

Innovatrics cuts fingerprint error rate by 20%, upgrades SmartFace platform

Innovatrics has reported its best-yet scores in NIST’s fingerprint biometrics testing, and added a new feature to its facial recognition…

 

Canadian cruise terminal gets Pangiam face biometrics for ID verification

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have joined forces to implement face biometrics for…

 

Atlantic Council stresses importance of DPI, data for stronger digital economies

The Atlantic Council has highlighted the importance of digital identity and digital public infrastructure (DPI) in birthing and growing strong,…

 

Sri Lanka extends bid deadline for national digital ID project

The Government of Sri Lanka has extended the deadline for the submission of bids for the procurement of a Master…

Comments

8 Replies to “More than 30,000 Australians registered voiceprints with ATO in biometric authentication rollout”

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Most Read This Week

Featured Company

Biometrics Insight, Opinion

Digital ID In-Depth

Biometrics White Papers

Biometrics Events