Senator Asks Apple to Scuttle App
Lawmaker says smartphone application encourages identity theft
December 12, 2011
A controversial smartphone application has drawn the ire of one of the nation's top lawmakers.
U.S. Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania recently wrote a letter to Apple's chief operating officer Tim Cook, asking the executive to remove the popular "Driver's License" application from its available downloads, according to a report from the Consumerist. The app can be used to take a photo of a phone user and then crease a parody driver's license from any state they wish.
"Applications shouldn't facilitate law-breaking, which is exactly what this app does," Senator Casey said in the letter, according to the site. "Apple should shut it down immediately. Pennsylvania just took a major step toward making our licenses more secure and an application like this undermines that effort. This app could allow criminals to deceive authorities or enable children to purchase tobacco or alcohol illegally."
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