Apple Pulls App for Creating Fake Driver's Licenses Following U.S. Senator's Complaint

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    The Coalition for a Secure Driver's License today announced that U.S. Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania has sent a letter to Apple requesting the removal of a free app that allows users to easily create digital fake IDs from the App Store.
    Casey reportedly noted in his letter that the ease with which the app allows counterfeit licenses to be produced poses significant risks related to identity theft, underage alcohol and tobacco purchases, and national security.
    While the app had been available in the App Store for over two years, it appears that Apple has now quickly responded to Casey's letter by removing the app from the App Store. The Coalition for a Secure Driver's License had sent a letter to Apple's Scott Forstall back in April, requesting removal of the application. Apple apparently did not, however, respond to that initial request.

    This is not the first time that elected government officials have gotten involved in disputes over App Store applications. Earlier this year, a group of four U.S. senators sent letters to Apple, Google, and Research in Motion requesting removal of several apps that alert users to the locations of sobriety testing checkpoints. Apple took its time responding to the issue, which is considered controversial as some law enforcement agencies support public notification of the locations of such checkpoints. Ultimately, Apple updated its review guidelines to prohibit the use of DUI checkpoint location information except in cases where the information has been made publicly available by law enforcement.

    Article Link: Apple Pulls App for Creating Fake Driver's Licenses Following U.S. Senator's Complaint
     
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    Obvious decision.

    Also, in before everyone starts the "omg Apple is are so unfair. SUCH A TYRANNY" thing again.
     
  3. AriX macrumors 6502

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    Obviously the right thing to do, but it can't be good that a simple image template can defeat TSA security and other U.S. identity systems.
     
  4. Skika macrumors 68030

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    I'm still mad because i can't use iTunes to produce nuclear weapons.

    Stupid policies.
     
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    Right thing to do.

    However, Apple really needs to allow users to install apps outside of the app store. It's ridiculous they don't allow me that without jailbreaking.
     
  7. NightFox macrumors 68020

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    Phew, thank goodness they've now eliminated the only way anybody with a computer and scanner/printer would ever be able to do this. :rolleyes:
     
  8. WestonHarvey1 macrumors 68020

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    Apple is free to make their own business decisions about what they sell in their stores, but getting that pressure from the government is scary. Whenever a senator makes a plea or suggestion that a business "do the right thing", the unspoken coda is "...or we'll force you to".

    That's hardly a choice, and it's scary.
     
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    Ridiculous? Really? And here I thought we were all still belly laughing at all of the stories on Android malware.
     
  10. Monkey194545, Dec 12, 2011
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    I usually get it after it gets pulled.... ;)
     
  11. NightFox macrumors 68020

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    Yes, but he used the special word... TERRORISTS!! - that magical fall-back word that justifies anything where logical argument fails (in the UK we tend to use paedophile instead)
     
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    don't senators have real issues to contend with? I don't understand why they waste there time on such frivolous things.
     
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    how the hell am i suppose to make my McLovin Drivers licence now??


    serious, this app couldnt make a BAD fake id

    I thought all IDs had that bar code on the back for a reason
     
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    Apple pulls app that mimics Apple Store selling counterfeit products.
     
  15. WestonHarvey1 macrumors 68020

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    We also revert to pedophiles as a backup when terrorist fails.
     
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    While I might agree the decision is obvious and inevitable...

    leave it to a politician to drag terrorists into the picture at every opportunity, and equate everything that irks them with the downfall of human civilization.
     
  17. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

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    agreed obvious things take about 2 years to happen
     
  18. ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3

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    Isn't it a huge issue if ID's can be duplicated this easily?

    I don't see why they'd care about an iPhone app, I'm sure there's plenty of unregulated websites out there that can do this for you...
     
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    Ugh!! Don't get me started on this subject. This proves the direction in which we're headed and how 9-11 and the "war on terrorism", as you said, continues to justify anything and everything. There comes a point where you no longer feel protected, but threatened by your very own government. Scary times we're living in.
     
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    At least the senator didn't pull the "unpatriotic" card. :rolleyes:

    But really, Apple, this app was allowed?
     
  21. JonB3Z macrumors 6502

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    It can't defeat TSA security. It may, however, defeat the security at the counter of your local liquor store.
     
  22. rmwebs macrumors 68040

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    Never had any malware on any of mine ;) Dont listen to all the crud out there.
     
  23. X5-452 macrumors 6502

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    Aren't ID's supposed to have insane security features that makes PRINTING FROM YOUR HOME COMPUTER impossible?

    At least in Canada, there's no way I'd ever be able to pass a home made ID as legit.
     
  24. Ashyukun macrumors 6502

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    OK, perhaps I'm a bit confused here, but this app allowed you to create a fake digital driver's license on your device, correct? So, unless bartenders/TSA agents/law enforcement are going to accept, "I'm sorry, I don't have my ACTUAL driver's license with me, but here's a picture of it on my iPhone," you'd have to save the file off, mail it to yourself, print it out (likely multiple times to get the size right), and then what, paste it over your ACTUAL driver's license?

    Every time I've ever had my ID checked (usually when flying), the person doing the checking has had a UV light to check the UV indicator on our Kentucky licenses. Otherwise, they've been checking for the holographic foil embedded in the license. Neither of which would be present if you just printed out whatever this app generated and pasted it over a real license. In other words- anyone who is going to be fooled by this really should not be in a position to be checking IDs in the first place...

    Sure, it seems like a slam dunk that Apple would cave on this, but it also seems like they could have just said, "If you seriously think there's that big of a security risk posed by this app, you need to be worrying more about those responsible for that security than about this app..."
     
  25. b11051973 macrumors 6502

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    A fake ID would have been a dream to me 20 years ago when I was in high school. Seems with the internet, making one isn't quite so hard. Even with this app gone, I assume there must be websites doing the same thing.
     

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