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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.