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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 today. 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 placed in a document issued by an authority (such as a driver's license)...
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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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