Friday, December 16, 2011

Apple Drops "Fake ID" app

The app’s low-res images were designed to prevent the creation of counterfeit identification, the
“By design, it would take more effort and expertise to modify the product of the ‘Driver License’ app than to construct a counterfeit from scratch,” said company founder Gary Tsifrin.
U.S. senators wrote a letter earlier this year to Apple, Google and BlackBerry maker Research In Motion seeking the removal of programs that they said provide the locations of DUI checkpoints.
This raises some broader fascinating questions about liability of not only app developers but for those platforms that distribute them. I believe the answer is obvious as to the former, and reasonably clear as to the former. I am not aware of any DMCA like "safe harbor" for issues in this context, but I fail to see how the Apples of the world can enable distribution of applications that have a clear illegal purpose. I do not know enough about the particulars of this example to know if that was the case here.


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