Iowa developing virtual driving licence


Jason Noble reports on the Des Moines Register website that the US state of Iowa is developing a mobile phone app based driving licence.

In order to check the validity of the licence the bar codes contained in the mobile app will have to be scanned using hardware inside an officer’s car.  However, as the article points out there are numerous pitfalls with this, such as what happens if the mobile phone battery is dead, the screen is cracked and the barcode cannot be read, or the owner wants to record their interaction with the Police.

Of particular concern is the possibility of the Police accessing information on the phone either deliberately or accidentally, although the U.S. Supreme Court did rule earlier this year that searches of mobile phones require a warrant.