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Senator seeks ban on the Apple app that lets anyone make a fake driving licence
Mail Online ^ | 11 November 2011 | Katie Silver

Posted on 12/11/2011 6:32:48 AM PST by Erik Latranyi

A US Senator has made an appeal to Apple to ban an app that would allow anyone to create a fake drivers licence.

Calling the app a threat to ‘national security,’ Sen Bob Casey of Philadelphia has written a public letter to Apple calling for a ban on the app ‘License’.

Allowing people to paste a photo into a template for a driver’s license from any US state, the app would facilitate identity theft, according to the Senator.

'By downloading "License", anyone with an iPhone or iPad can easily manufacture a fake driver's license by taking a photo and inserting it into one of fifty state driver's licenses' templates,’ he wrote to new Apple CEO Tim Cook.

‘Users then have a high quality image resembling an actual driver's license which they can easily print, laminate, and use for any number of illegal and fraudulent activities.’

Some of these activities include identity theft, creating a new identity, or underage youth drinking and purchasing tobacco.

‘I believe this application poses a threat to public safety and national security,’

‘I request that you remove it from the App Store immediately.’

‘National security systems depend on the trustworthiness of driver’s licenses,’ he added.

‘Yet with a counterfeit licence created by this app, a terrorist could bypass identity verification by the Transportation Security Administration or even apply for a passport.’

‘Applications shouldn’t facilitate lawbreaking, which is exactly what this app does,’ Casey wrote.

‘Apple should shut it down immediately.’ The situation harks back to a similar incident in 2007 when Walmart banned a version of the Superbad DVD that included a fake McLovin driver’s licence.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: casey; id; ipad
My Pennsylvania Senator tries to remain relevant with an irrelevant quest.
1 posted on 12/11/2011 6:33:01 AM PST by Erik Latranyi
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To: Erik Latranyi

Punish those using fake IDs not those capable of making them. I work on photoshop for several hours every day and could create a fake ID anytime I wish. Should photoshop be outlawed?


2 posted on 12/11/2011 6:37:03 AM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: Erik Latranyi

There are a whole lot of other things that go into making a genuine DL that in include counter measures to counterfeiting.

Holograms, Plastic Card, Magnetic Strip, etc.

Probably more important things to worry about...


3 posted on 12/11/2011 6:37:31 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Erik Latranyi

Why should he care, it’s his party that plans to use these to vote in November.


4 posted on 12/11/2011 6:40:56 AM PST by Track9
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To: cripplecreek
Punish those using fake IDs not those capable of making them. I work on photoshop for several hours every day and could create a fake ID anytime I wish. Should photoshop be outlawed?

I'm surprised that Apple doesn't protect itself from the liability of marketing a product designed for the sole purpose of breaking the law.

I comes down to the difference between the hardware store selling knives, ski masks, and duct tape, or bundling them into a box and labeling it a rape-kit.

I'm pretty sure you will run afoul of the law if you start using your photoshop skills to sell fake IDs, whether they are used or not.

5 posted on 12/11/2011 6:44:00 AM PST by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: Erik Latranyi
It seems like the end product of the app isnt all that convincing anyway.


6 posted on 12/11/2011 6:49:05 AM PST by VanDeKoik (1 million in stimulus dollars paid for this tagline!)
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To: Erik Latranyi

Remind me again who it is that seems to need a new ID the most. Oh, yeah, illegals. What is the good senator doing about them?


7 posted on 12/11/2011 6:50:12 AM PST by bgill (The Obama administration is staging a coup. Wake up, America, before it's too late.)
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To: SampleMan
I'll probably get in more trouble for doing this.

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8 posted on 12/11/2011 6:52:53 AM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: cripplecreek

Yes. Photoshop is evil.


9 posted on 12/11/2011 6:53:03 AM PST by null and void (Day 1055 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes arent made, Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: Vendome
"Holograms, Plastic Card, Magnetic Strip, etc."

Mine has holograms, etc. all over it!

(n' then the state used an old photo that doesn't look anything like I did when I came in and renewed the license!) This is just stupid -- of course, that never stopped any US senator before! I doubt Apple had much if anything to do with developing the app, although they can probably ban it.

10 posted on 12/11/2011 6:54:56 AM PST by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: Erik Latranyi

Is there an app for creating phoney Hawaiian birth certs?


11 posted on 12/11/2011 6:54:56 AM PST by umgud
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To: null and void
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12 posted on 12/11/2011 6:55:23 AM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: cripplecreek

Obama: I am a crook, I am a crook !

< pic of zero on helicopter with arms raised up >


13 posted on 12/11/2011 6:57:50 AM PST by CORedneck
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To: Erik Latranyi
Wonder if ACORN would accept this license for voter ID?


14 posted on 12/11/2011 6:58:37 AM PST by Brandonmark (2012: Our Hope IS Change!)
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To: Brandonmark

Fun stuff.


15 posted on 12/11/2011 7:03:33 AM PST by Radix ("..Democrats are holding a meeting today to decide whether to overturn the results of the election.")
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To: Radix
At least these would look authentic:


16 posted on 12/11/2011 7:07:23 AM PST by Brandonmark (2012: Our Hope IS Change!)
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To: cripplecreek

Evil, but accurate...


17 posted on 12/11/2011 7:10:57 AM PST by null and void (Day 1055 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes arent made, Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: Erik Latranyi

How about a fake passport, we might need those to get out of the US. But I thought Dems would want fake DLs for illegal voting.


18 posted on 12/11/2011 7:14:38 AM PST by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est; zero sera dans l'enfer bientot.)
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To: Erik Latranyi

It looks like the Senator forgot to read the DHS memo. We need to thank Casey for screwing his own fraudulent party. This App is the only way they can make enough ID’s in time for the election.
Food for thought: We have a new Court ruling permitting the search of communication devices without warrant. We have the “Real ID Act of 2005. The unauthorized reproduction a State Driver’s license is a felony (unless the felon is the child of an elected official, then it’s an unfortunate misunderstanding). Of course, Janet Napolitano has been a loud opponent of the Real ID Act and 25 States have resolutions opposing it.


19 posted on 12/11/2011 7:16:36 AM PST by Steamburg (The contents of your wallet is the only language Politicians understand.)
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To: VanDeKoik

It says on the driver’s license that his eyes are “bro.” Isn’t that racist?


20 posted on 12/11/2011 7:22:59 AM PST by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: cripplecreek

Back in the day, poster board and a Kodak worked just fine.


21 posted on 12/11/2011 7:24:37 AM PST by SouthTexas (You cannot bargain with the devil, shut the government down.)
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To: Erik Latranyi; Allegra; big'ol_freeper; Lil'freeper; TrueKnightGalahad; blackie; ...
Re: Senator seeks ban on the Apple app that lets anyone make a fake driving licence

Gadzooks! Maybe I can use the app to redo mine... the photo they took made me look like a child molester, don't ya think?

22 posted on 12/11/2011 7:30:52 AM PST by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: VanDeKoik

LOL!


23 posted on 12/11/2011 7:32:42 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: SouthTexas

Heck, “back in the day”, I can remember when DLs didn’t even have a photo!


24 posted on 12/11/2011 7:36:52 AM PST by 2111USMC (Not a hard man to track. Leaves dead men wherever he goes.)
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To: cripplecreek

[ Punish those using fake IDs not those capable of making them. I work on photoshop for several hours every day and could create a fake ID anytime I wish. Should photoshop be outlawed? ]

Yes it should along with laminating machines and photocopiers.....

And guns should be banned too because they are almost always involved in a crime...

And copper pipe too cause you can make a still and or meth lab using it....

/ninny state liberal sarc tag


25 posted on 12/11/2011 8:15:16 AM PST by GraceG
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To: Bender2

Yes, it does look just like you...


26 posted on 12/11/2011 8:46:56 AM PST by null and void (Day 1055 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes arent made, Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: Erik Latranyi

I call BS that you could “apply for a passport” with a fake driver’s license. I suppose, strictly speaking, you can indeed apply, but there should be NFW a fake driver’s license is eventually accepted during the process.


27 posted on 12/11/2011 9:48:11 AM PST by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: Erik Latranyi
In most states a DL made off of a computer wouldn't work. The cards are plastic and have certain other anti-counterfeit measures built in. Simply laminating the thing would not work. Unless the person has some sophisticated way to make a plastic card and transfer the images to it, they wouldn't get away with it. If stopped by a cop even that wouldn't work, as soon as the cop ran it though the computer in his car the person would be busted.

This whole thing is BS and typical of the government trying to interfere in people's lives.

28 posted on 12/11/2011 9:57:37 AM PST by calex59
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To: calex59

The only thing such an app might work for is to allow a person to make fake id for getting cigarrettes or booze underage.. well given they are such anti-smoking nazis, perhaps thats the crux of why they are crusading against it...


29 posted on 12/11/2011 12:35:43 PM PST by Schwaeky (The Republic--Shall be reorganized into the first American EMPIRE, for a safe and secure Society!)
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To: Erik Latranyi
That horse left the barn a long time ago. Paladin Press has a whole series of books on how to make fake ID. This Apple app is just one more addition to the long list of methods.
30 posted on 12/11/2011 4:11:51 PM PST by JoeFromSidney (New book: RESISTANCE TO TYRANNY. A primer on armed revolt. Available form Amazon.)
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To: Erik Latranyi

sounds like fun when bored. Will have to check it out before it’s removed.


31 posted on 12/14/2011 1:53:23 PM PST by rwfromkansas ("Carve your name on hearts, not marble." - C.H. Spurgeon)
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