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Driver's license app on a smartphone raises privacy issues

Lucas Mearian | Dec. 19, 2014
So what do you do if the smartphone dies?

There are also practical reasons a smartphone could fail as a means of legal ID, including a dead battery.

Until drivers leave their homes carrying nothing but a smartphone that acts as a wallet, electronic key, debit card, among other things, and that has the appropriate security for that information, "there's no good reason not to keep carrying a plastic driver's license in our wallet," Shey said.

"By that point in the future, maybe there will be a version of the app that can be pulled up on the touch screen on the car's dashboard and securely transmitted to a device that the police officer has, eliminating the need to hand your smartphone over," Shey said.


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