Apple intends to make several changes to tracking people with AirTags more difficult. On Thursday, Apple (AAPL) announced that it would shore up AirTags’ security measures to prevent unwanted snooping in the wake of reports that gadgets were used to monitor individuals and steal cars. The tiny devices are designed to communicate with Apple’s Find My’ network to locate lost items.
The company believes that the upgrades to the device would make it easier to recognize unknown tags and will alert consumers sooner if they are traveling with an AirTag. In January, several women told the BBC that they had been followed using AirTags. Apple introduced AirTags in April of last year. The tiny circular devices can be fastened to baggage, keys, or anything else that you can lose. However, the device can be used to track people by placing it in a bag or a car.0020Apple announced that when users set up their AirTag for the first time, they will see a notification warning that tracking someone without their approval is illegal in many parts of the world as part of the modifications to make misuse more difficult.
Preventive Measure Apple, Inc. Is Taking
iPhone users (and Android users who download an app) will receive unwanted tracking notifications if an unexpected AirTag is located with them. However, if they are traveling with an unfamiliar AirTag, Apple claims they will be notified sooner. Users of iPhone 11, iPhone 12, and iPhone 13 devices will be able to use precise locating, seeing the distance and direction to an unknown AirTag while it is in range, and receive alerts about “Unwanted Tracking” by an AirTag’s owner could achieve this.
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Later this year, the tone sequence on the tracker will be developed to make it louder and more audible to locate and the option to use the iOS precise finding tool to identify an AirTag’s direction. Apple will also inform AirTag users that tracking people without their agreement is illegal during the setup process.
Location trackers aren’t new; Samsung, Sony, and Tile have all released comparable devices. But, according to Erica Olsen, Head of the National Network to End Domestic Violence’s Safety Net Project, the problem of unwanted tracking “existed long before AirTags were on the market.” According to Apple, its products are “designed to provide a delightful experience while also keeping safety and privacy in mind,” and the company is “committed to listening to concerns and innovating to create improvements that continue to guard against invasive tracking.” Incidents of AirTag misuse are rare, based on our intelligence and ties with law enforcement it said, but each incidence is one too many.