Sen. Robert Casey, Pennsylvania Democrat, said he was “pleased” that the company had taken “the responsible step of removing this dangerous app.”
Although it was marketed as “a fun game,” the app also “allows criminals to create a new identity, steal someone else’s identity or permits underage youth to purchase alcohol or tobacco illegally,” Mr. Casey added.
Vital national security systems such as passenger checkpoints at airports also “depend on the trustworthiness of driver’s licenses,” Mr. Casey added.
The app enabled anyone who downloaded it to their iPhone or iPad to paste electronically a digital photo and any biographical details into a template for any state’s driver’s license.
With a color printer and a laminating machine, the app could be used to create high-quality fake identification documents, said Brian Zimmer, president of the Coalition for a SecureDriver's License, a group that advocates tougher security measures in state-issued IDs.
Even high tech anti-fraud features such as holograms used by many state also can be forged, the group said. At least four states do not use any technology that would detect an app-generated fake license, the group said.
The group asked Apple in April to pull the app.
He added that the app has been downloaded “tens of thousands of times,” and those who downloaded the app can continue to use it.
The app was developed by DriversEd.com in Oakland, Calif., and offered by the App Store in December 2009, according to the company’s website.
The website says the app “lets users see how their actual driver’s license might look.”
“Make a face, take a picture with friends, and go crazy! You can change all the personal info, too, so the possibilities are endless,” the site says.
Neither DriversEd.com nor Apple responded to email and telephone requests for comment Monday.
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