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People slated to take the Florida Bar exam online next week are sharing screenshots of their experiments with the test’s verification in an attempt to call attention to what they say are serious problems with the functionality of the software platform it uses. In each case, be it animal or inanimate object, the testing software appears to approve the identity of the test-taker.

A group of examinees are asking the Florida Supreme Court to reconsider using outside vendor ILG Technologies to deliver the Aug. 19 test, citing issues with test-taker verification as well as concerns over potential data breaches. Jessica Gaudette-Reed, a recent graduate of the University of Florida Levin College of Law and one of the organizers behind the letter, said Tuesday that 42 Florida Bar takers have reported fraudulent or suspicious activity on their accounts since downloading the latest version of the ILG software on Friday—a program that gives the company “unfettered access” to their computers, according to the letter to the court. The problems include being locked out of their email after their password was changed and receiving a surge of phishing emails. Several bar takers have even received phone calls from people posing as representatives from their bank, she said.

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