Apple has been granted a patent (number 10,937,341) for a “peel-able, tamper-evident security label for canceling information” on its physical Titanium Apple credit card until it’s activated by a user.
In the patent data, the tech giant notes that transaction cards may include visual information (e.g., an account number or authorization code) that is intended to remain hidden until the card is in the possession of its end user. Such visual information may be covered by a security label that conceals the visual information. The security label may be removed–ideally by the end user–to reveal the previously-concealed information.
Here’s the summary of the invention: “A visual-information security system that includes an information security label positioned to conceal visual information on a substrate. The information security label may include a spiral-shaped cut (or other complex shape) within the body of the label and a pull-tab, such that when a user pulls on the tab, the label peels off of the substrate in a spiral pattern, revealing the information concealed beneath the label. The complex-shaped cut makes reapplication of the label difficult and evident, thus providing security to consumers. The label may include multiple layers of material, for example, a peel-off layer and an adhesive layer.”