re: "If Upwork has my tax ID number, verifying that I'm located in the U.S., why is a driver's license, passport, etc needed?"
A tax ID number does not verify that you are located in the U.S.
A person with a U.S. tax ID number could be located anywhere in the world. Maybe they lived in the U.S. and then moved to Paris. Also: A tax ID number is not associated with a photo.
One of the main purposes of Upwork identify verification is to verify that a person's profile photo matches the photo on their government-issued ID.
"One of the main purposes of Upwork identify verification is to verify that a person's profile photo matches the photo on their government-issued ID."
Good God, is THAT the reason? Verifying photos -- really. I can go to downtown Sacramento and have - in 30 minutes time - a phony govt issued ID with ANY photo I choose.
Please tell me UW is not just checking photo matches from our private ID revelations to it.
Upwork is not hiring a personal bodyguard for the king of Richlandia.
Upwork is not trying to create a system which is "100% foolproof."
Upwork has set up multiple security protocols and identify verification procedures - not all of which you know about - in order to maximize the extent to which its freelancer information is accurate, while minimizing the cost to doing so. It is a balancing act.
Preston: Well it seems that their scales of balance are tilted quite far to the cheap end - if you ask me (which you didn't,,,but its nice to pretend that you did)
Mark of Richlandia