Skip to comments.Senator seeks ban on the Apple app that lets anyone make a fake driving licence
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 drivers 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 drivers 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 shouldnt 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 drivers licence.
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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?
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...
Why should he care, it’s his party that plans to use these to vote in November.
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.
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?
Yes. Photoshop is evil.
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.
Is there an app for creating phoney Hawaiian birth certs?
Obama: I am a crook, I am a crook !
< pic of zero on helicopter with arms raised up >
Evil, but accurate...
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.
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.
It says on the driver’s license that his eyes are “bro.” Isn’t that racist?
Back in the day, poster board and a Kodak worked just fine.
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?
Heck, “back in the day”, I can remember when DLs didn’t even have a photo!
[ 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
Yes, it does look just like you...
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.
This whole thing is BS and typical of the government trying to interfere in people's lives.
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...
sounds like fun when bored. Will have to check it out before it’s removed.