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Apple patent filing envisions using an iPhone to prove one's identity

Apple patent filing envisions using an iPhone to prove one's identity
A patent application filed by Apple with the USPTO last March, envisions using the iPhone as a "proof-of-identity." The USPTO published the application on Wednesday. Titled "Document importation into secure element," the filing details how an iPhone could use a short-range radio (NFC or RFID) to store a person's credentials that have been embedded inside a circuit. The latter would be placed in a document issued by an authority (such as a driver's license). The credentials stored in the handset, such as a person's name, address and birth date, could then be used as prove the phone owner's identity.

When there is a request for information, the iPhone owner could use a password, a fingerprint or facial recognition (on the iPhone X) to authenticate his identity, and this would release the personal data to the authority seeking the information. This could be useful inside a factory that restricts access to parts of the facility to certain employees.

The patent application also notes the possible use of this system to release a person's passport number to a customs official, even if the person doesn't have the passport in his possession. The iPhone owner would authenticate his identity on the handset, releasing his/her passport number to the official. However, current law requires that travelers have their passports with them when traveling between certain countries. Apple would have to work out deals with a number of foreign governments in order to allow the iPhone to be used as a replacement for a passport.

The patent application is number 20180225662.

source: USPTO

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11 Comments

RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5454; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

I highly doubt this will be accepted as a legal alternative to ID or drivers licenses by the governments within the next few years. But the idea is interesting and creepy at the same time.

obedchuni

Posts: 296; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

well like the idea, when one can carry a phone then why to carry so many credentials. Nice Idea.

Stranded87

Posts: 48; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

Because phones break, their batteries die. For something as important as a passport or similar I don't think they really cut it.

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