Fake ID app maker responds to Apple

The maker of an app that let users produce their own fake, novelty drivers licenses has fired back at Apple for removing the application from its app store.

Apple yanked the app after Sen. Bob Casey (D- Pa.) expressed concerns that the app — which allowed users to place their own picture into novelty drivers’ license templates — could be used to make fake IDs.

But Gary Tsifrin, the co-founder and chief operating officer of the company that makes the app, told PC Mag that it would “take more effort and expertise” to modify the app’s depiction of a license than it would to make an actual license from scratch. Tsifrin’s company, DriversEd.com, provides online drivers education to teens and adults.

According to Tsifrin, the app makes license images unsuitable for printing and added that the company has taken pains to make sure the license images “do not correspond to government IDs.” He added that the company didn’t duplicate any of the security measures that states put on their own licenses and that it took pains to change the font and color schemes of licenses, which are printed with the words “MOCK by DriversEd.com.”

As VentureBeat noted, the app has been targeted by the Coalition for Secure Driver’s License in the past, though Apple turned down that group’s request to pull the app. It did respond to Casey’s request on Monday, taking the program down after two years on the market.

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Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.



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