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Apple removes fake driver's license app after senator complains

December 12, 2011 |  4:26 pm

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After being taken to task by a Pennsylvania senator, Apple Inc. quickly removed an app that enables users to make fake driver's licenses.

Senator Bob Casey (D-Penn.) sent a letter to Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook requesting that the tech company immediately remove the "License" app from its App Store. 

"I believe this application poses a threat to public safety and national security....It can be used in a way that allows criminals to create a new identity, steal someone else's identity, or permit underage youth to purchase alcohol or tobacco illegally," he said in the letter. "National security systems depend on the trustworthiness of driver's licenses."

The app by DriversEd.com for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad enables users to electronically insert a digital photo and personal information into a template for a driver's license for a state of their choosing; the app contains templates for driver's licenses for all 50 states. 

The user is then able to send the digital image of the completed template to an email account; from the email attachment, the image can be printed and laminated, creating a high-quality counterfeit driver's license that is difficult to discern from a legitimate one, according to the Coalition for a Secure Driver's License.

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-- Andrea Chang

twitter.com/byandreachang

Image: Screen shot from DriversEd.com

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