Joke License App Gets Pulled, Senator Celebrates

December 14, 2011 -

It didn't take long for one misinformed and overzealous lawmaker to help get a poor developer's app removed from Apple's store. The app in question, " Driver License," allowed users to create a mock driver's license to entertain and amuse friends. But Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) didn't see the fun in it, and was concerned that it could be used to create a license. Apparently the Senator believed that this program was so sophisticated that a terrorist could download the app and make a fake ID on the fly for some nefarious purpose. So he decided to write Apple's new CEO, Tim Cook, and complain about how dangerous this app is.

Apple has apparently complied with the Senator’s request and has yanked the app from the Apple Marketplace. The Senator was quite delighted, issuing the following statement:

"I urged Apple to take the responsible step of removing this dangerous app, and I'm pleased that the app is no longer available in the store... As Pennsylvania and states across the country deal with the rising problem of identity theft, tools that facilitate breaking the law should not be available to potential criminals."

Lawmakers probably love how easy it has been to get Apple to comply with their complaints about any app that they deem unsafe for the public. No doubt they will go to that well until its dry.

PC Magazine has the other side of the story after speaking with DriversEd.com's founder and chief operating officer Gary Tsifrin. He said that the concerns of Casey and the Coalition for a Secure Driver's License and the group that also signed the letter sent to Apple - were unfounded. The app was meant to promote the site's Driver's Education test preparation services. As he points out, the license made by the program is of a low resolution, uses different fonts, and includes "MOCK" right on its face. More importantly, he says that the app has been on the App Store for TWO YEARS…

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Re: Joke License App Gets Pulled, Senator Celebrates

Senator Bob Casey needs to resign his seat, effectively immediately.

With all that is going on in this country and how our 'leaders' are trying to destroy it, this jackass has the time to do this!?

Re: Joke License App Gets Pulled, Senator Celebrates

I love it when GamePolitics gets a story about a Republican and mentions well they are a Republican or have the (R) but here you have a Democrat Robert P. Casey Jr and I see no (D) sign or not mention to his connection to the Democratic Party so I guess this lets people who do not go and look him up and figure he might be a Republican

Exception seems to be here when a Democrat does something good it seems the (D) is blastered all over the place....why not here?

Re: Joke License App Gets Pulled, Senator Celebrates

I think this pattern is all in your head.  GP has put a (D) next to plenty of democratic stories that are negative. 

Re: Joke License App Gets Pulled, Senator Celebrates

Went ahead and notified GP who added the "(D-PA)."  Hope you can sleep at night now.

By the way, your conspiracy theory is baseless and insulting.  Kindly knock it off.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Joke License App Gets Pulled, Senator Celebrates

Bah, he's one of the regular crazies of this site... They're our little Jackies :)

Re: Joke License App Gets Pulled, Senator Celebrates

Ah.. when that pesky first ammdenement stops you from taking action, pressure a private company to do it for you....

 
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IronPatriotI googled appeal esrb.org and it is the first and third hits. Second is esrb talking about appeals for web publishers. Gamefaqs is fourth.05/29/2015 - 4:01am
IronPatriotZachary said he did not find any information about a formal appeals process. I did a simple search and found two places on the esrb site with the info. Just sayin.05/29/2015 - 3:57am
IronPatriotOn Google I get "1 Written Testimony of Patricia E. Vance President ... - ESRB" http://www.esrb.org/about/news/downloads/pvtestimony_6_14_06.pdf05/29/2015 - 3:55am
Andrew EisenNow, that post on GameFAQs was made four years ago. It appears the ESRB has since moved the appeals process stuff behind the publisher login on its website.05/29/2015 - 3:32am
Andrew EisenOh, third link on the Google search. Okay. That leads to a GameFAQs message board which quotes a section of the ESRB website that includes a description of the appeals process. But when you follow the link, that quote doesn't exist.05/29/2015 - 3:30am
Andrew EisenThird link down from what? Look, I'm not arguing the existance of an appeals process. There obviously is one. I was merely noting that it's odd that it isn't described on the website's ratings process section but it is on the mobile site.05/29/2015 - 3:25am
IronPatriotOK, so use the third link down, which describes the appeals process and is not on the mobile site"Publishers also have the ability to appeal an ESRB rating assignment to an Appeals Board, which is made up of publishers, retailers and other professionals."05/29/2015 - 2:47am
Andrew EisenRight, which links to the ESRB's mobile site. On the website (again, unless I'm overlooking it) the appeals process is locked behind the publisher login.05/29/2015 - 2:37am
IronPatriotHuh? Google "appeals esrb". It is the first link. Click it. No login requested.05/29/2015 - 2:31am
Andrew EisenInteresting. It's on the mobile site but unless I'm overlooking it, I don't see it under the Ratings Process on the web site. It is under the publishers section but you can't access it without a login.05/29/2015 - 2:13am
IronPatriot"Publishers also have the ability to appeal an ESRB rating assignment to an Appeals Board made up of publishers, retailers and other professionals. " Esrb05/29/2015 - 2:01am
IronPatriotZachary, did you look on the esrb site? The esrb appeals process pops up when you search "esrb appeals" http://m.esrb.org/faq_09.php05/29/2015 - 2:00am
Andrew EisenThe humor reminds me a lot of Axe Cop.05/29/2015 - 1:37am
WymorenceOh sweet god, Kung Fury is freaking awesome...05/28/2015 - 10:03pm
E. Zachary KnightWonder, I know you can revise content and resubmit it, but I can't findany information about a formal appeals process.05/28/2015 - 7:27pm
Wonderkarpever wonder if there's an appeals process for AO?05/28/2015 - 6:55pm
Matthew WilsonDanny and Andy play the first couple of levels of the upcoming Hatred http://www.gamespot.com/videos/hatred-gamespot-plays/2300-6425016/ imho it does not look like it should be AO.05/28/2015 - 5:57pm
Andrew EisenHey, remember Kung Fury? That short film that was funded via Kickstarter a few years ago? You can watch it now. I suggest you do. It's fun! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bS5P_LAqiVg05/28/2015 - 5:14pm
Goth_SkunkOriginally, yes. Some content was cut out in order to reduce its ratign from AO down to M, but PC users could work around that an unlock the full content by means of a patch. Which is what I did. :D05/28/2015 - 3:56pm
Andrew EisenKarp - Yes, for strong sexual content. Although the recent remaster contains all that content and was rated M.05/28/2015 - 3:54pm
 

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