Apple Airtags Can Be Used Perfectly for Tracking Devices, but Also for People

As Apple launched AirTags in April last year, it became possible to track items by attaching them to luggage or keys, simply, anything that you could lose. However, Director of Cyber-Security at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Eva Galperin says "If you create an item which is useful for tracking stolen items, then you have also created a perfect tool for stalking,"


Apple was aware long before it released AirTags that they could be used for criminal activities. Apple said while releasing them, “AirTags are designed to track items, not people”. Apple created a series of safeguards for protecting people from being tracked. People with an iPhone would be alerted if an unregistered AirTag was moving with them. Plus, the AirTags would make a beeping noise when separated from an owner for a period of time. But for some reason, many people believe that these safeguards do not work properly, they don’t go far enough.


Anna Mahaney, 23, from Georgia, was alerted to an unknown device after going to the shopping mall. She went to an Apple Store and they suggested that she should turn off her location settings. After going to the local police, she was told there had been another similar report in her area. Apple says AirTags will make a beeping noise between 8-24 hours after a device is detected moving with an unregistered phone. Nevertheless, it is disputable whether 8 hours is too late or not. As a result, people must be very careful about AirTags and must be so sure that they are not tracked, for their own security.

 

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