Everything seems going digital now. Since we take our phones with us pretty much everywhere these days, this gave a State in U.S, Iowa puts the state drivers licence on an app.
The app will hold all the same information found on a plastic license. State government authorities such as police and airport security will accept these digital licenses as valid ID. A PIN is needed to verify authenticity of the information. Department of Transportation spokesperson Andrea Henry alluded in a CNN interview that Iowa could possibly use fingerprint or facial recognition software to verify authenticity at a future date.
But how about some possible few issues like your phone to be dead right when you get pulled over? This would obviously make it impossible to prove you are who you say you are unless you can get some juice.
The Department of Transportation, DOT had set a release for the app on both iOS and Android in early 2015. However, it may not hit that mark due to several concerns, including privacy. The DOT told the Wall Street Journal that it is no longer sure on the timing.
Another concern raised is privacy issues. There’s no way to lock the screen, should you get pulled over. A police officer could potentially feel they have free reign to search through your phone activity if you hand it over and let them check your license. The DOT says it is working on a solution that will lock the screen once your license is up.
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