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Unwanted Tracking Down Cracked by Apple

In an effort to combat unwanted tracking, Apple has revealed numerous future modifications to its AirTag product. AirTags, which cost $29 each and were released in April, allow users to track personal belongings like keys, wallets, handbags, backpacks, and baggage via Apple“Find My” app. People with criminal intent may be utilising the devices to follow other people — or their vehicles — through “AirTag stalking,” according to police authorities.

While Apple admits that AirTag abuse is “rare,” the company has been collaborating with law enforcement to seek down and prosecute anyone who participate in unwanted tracking. A serial number is assigned to each AirTag, and connected AirTags are linked to an Apple ID. In response to a legitimate subpoena or request from law enforcement, Apple can give the paired account details.

All AirTag users will now receive a new warning upon setup, informing them that tracking other people without their agreement is illegal in many parts of the world, and that law enforcement may request identifying information about AirTag owners. Users of the iPhone 11, 12, and 13 will get a “Precision Finding” feature later this year, which will employ a combination of sounds, haptics, and visual cues to help recipients of an unwanted tracking warning find a nearby, unknown AirTag.

Other AirTag software updates coming later this year include earlier unwanted tracking alerts when an unknown AirTag or Find My network accessory is suspected of travelling with users, louder alert tones, and a display alert for cases where it is difficult to hear or when AirTag speakers have been tampered with.

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