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A young woman issued a warning after she said she found an Apple AirTag tracker behind the license plate of the car she has been driving.

In a Friday TikTok video that has now been viewed about 75,000 times — and counting — TikTok user @murasakisweetpotatoes said she was notified, on her birthday, the AirTag was “following her.”

On April 30, Apple expanded the “Find My” accessory dock with AirTag — an iPhone accessory that provides “a private and secure way to easily locate the items that matter most.” Or in simple terms, AirTags are an easy way to keep track of your stuff — in her case, someone appears to be trying to keep track of her without her knowledge.

Precision Finding with AirTag fuses input from the camera, ARKit, accelerometer, and gyroscope on iPhone to provide a more precise, directionally aware finding experience. Users can keep track of AirTag in the new Items tab within the Find My app. Photo courtesy of Apple Newsroom.

While Apple has built in certain protections to discourage unwanted tracking and recently added more in an update, it’s still possible for someone to slip an AirTag into your bag or car without your consent and track your location.

@murasakisweetpotatoes

and for my birthday i have received One Stalker! but actually not funny pls be aware this can happen #appleairtags #stalker

♬ original sound – uhh

She said in the video she reported it to local authorities, provided the serial number and she did what I would do — she next appears to use comedy as means of coping with the situation.

“As a Gemini, I feel flattered. As a citizen, I feel concerned,” she said in the video. “We called local law enforcement and gave them the serial number on the device … the police took the serial number so we’ll see what happens.”

Apple advises individuals to contact local law enforcement if you believe your safety is at risk because they can work with the agency directly.

“The last thing I would jus to say to my stalker, you could have asked me to dinner. Probably would have said yes,” she said, before quickly telling people that it was a joke.

If AirTag goes missing, the Find My network can help track it down, providing a notification to the user if it has been located. iOS devices can detect an AirTag that isn’t with its owner, and notify the user if an unknown AirTag is seen to be traveling with them from place to place over time. Photos courtesy of Apple Newsroom.

To further reassure people about its AirTags, Apple said it’s developing an app for Android devices that will help people “detect” an AirTag or Apple device that may also be unsuspectedly “traveling” with them — Android app will be released later this year, CNET reports.

Shortly after AirTags were released, privacy advocates raised concerns the devices could be used as a way to stalk people. What differentiates AirTags from other tracking devices sold by competitors such as Tile and Samsung is that Apple’s AirTags benefit from the company’s Find My network — over 1 billion active iPhones and other Apple devices quietly communicating and sharing the location of any AirTags nearby.

At the beginning of June, a woman says she found a Tile tracker in her bag at the end of an evening spent at a restaurant, Yahoo reports.

“At the end of the night, I’m cleaning my purse out, and I find this,” she said, brandishing a small, square device. “If you don’t know what this is, it’s a Tile.”

Yahoo reported that the incident with the Tile appeared to be the first of its kind in recent history, so it’s likely not some sort of stalking trend — but we may have our second.

Written by Megan Turner

Meg graduated from the University of Central Florida and writes and tweets about anything related to sports. She replies to comments she shouldn't reply to online and thinks the CFP Rankings are absolutely rigged. Follow her on Twitter at @Megnturner_ and Instagram at @Megnturner.

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