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Turism&Travel : Senator calls on Apple: Stop helping criminals break the law

Tuesday 13 December 2011

C. - Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) sent a letter to Tim Cook, Chief Executive Officer of Apple, Inc., requesting that Apple immediately remove the "License" application from the App Store.

The "License" application by for Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad allows users to electronically insert any digital photo and the biographic information of their choosing into a template for a driver's license of a state of their choosing. The "License" application contains templates for driver's licenses for all 50 states, many of which are of designs that will be valid for the next several years. The user is then able to send the high quality digital image of the completed template to an email account. From the email attachment, the image can then be printed and laminated, creating a high quality counterfeit driver's license difficult to discern from one that's genuine.

In his letter, Senator Casey stated that, "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. National security systems depend on the trustworthiness of driver's licenses, yet with a counterfeit license created by the app, a terrorist could bypass identity verification by the Transportation Security Administration, or even apply for a passport."

Brian Zimmer, President of the Coalition for Secure Driver's License stated, "I applaud Senator Casey's efforts. Apple has a responsibility to its users to ensure that its technology does not facilitate crime. Counterfeit driver's licenses are not novelties. They present a very real risk to public safety and national security. Apple should have had measures in place to prevent the 'License' application from ever making it to the App Store. Apple Corporation's lack of action to pull this application when I first notified them in April
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