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Apple Pulls Fake ID App After US Senator Complains

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Andrew: What do you need a fake ID for?
Brian: So I can vote.
-- The Breakfast Club

Wasn't too long ago that minors had to hustle to find a fake ID. Either they had to know a guy who knew a guy who had access to a high-resolution printer and a laminator, or they made friends with an older person who bears more than just a passing resemblance. The end results were spotty at best, and -- unless you were an extremely attractive female -- chances were you weren't going to make it into the club.

But kids today with their YouTubes (GOOG) and their Xboxes (MSFT) and their Lady Gagas have it far, far easier.

As modern-day printers have gained shocking clarity, laminators are as plentiful as cutting boards, and Adobe Photoshop (ADBE) has more free clones than ever before, all that's left is to download a decent app which replicates the look of a state drivers license and fire up the Canon (CAJ).

Well, leave that to the iPhone (AAPL) app Drivers License which -- with a quick snapshot of your phone's camera -- can reproduce the look of any state ID with shocking ease.

"Take pictures with your iPhone or use pictures you already have and paste them into Drivers License," the description reads. "We've got every single state so make a face, take a picture with friends, and go crazy! You can change all the personal info too, so the possibilities are endless. When you're done, just email your licenses or send them to Facebook for easy sharing!"

Wow, amazing! And it's available in Apple's iTunes Store?! How could something like that ever slip under the radar of authorit-...


According to the Coalition for a Secure Driver's License -- which is a thing, apparently -- US Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania had successfully lobbied Apple to pull the Drivers License app from the iTunes Store. In a released statement, Senator Casey said, "I believe this application poses a threat to public safety and national security."

Adding, "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."

The argument seemed to work as Apple subsequently pulled the app from the App Store. And upon the app's removal, scores of terrorists shamefully canceled plans for an attack and tried cheering themselves up with the App Store's prolific collection of fart apps.

Macrumors' Eric Slivka noted that this case is reminiscent of another time the Senate meddled with the availability of an app that lent itself to illegal activity. In March, Senators Harry Reid of Nevada, Charles Schumer of New York, Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey, and Tom Udall of New Mexico requested that Google, Apple, and Research in Motion (RIMM) pull an app which located DUI checkpoints throughout the country. Which is a shame, since the thousands of Happy Hour locator apps no longer have the perfect multitasking companion.

But since Apple pulled the Drivers License app from the App Store shelves, the sub-21 lot can look at the bright side: There's now less of a chance of appearing in a drunken photo on Facebook.

(See also: How to Avoid Incriminating Facebook Photos by Drinking More! and Google Engineer Calls Google+ a Complete Failure)

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