Apple promises to update AirTags against stalkers

AirTags are the main allies when someone loses their key, backpack and more. Even so, the device is being misused to spy on people, with the right to a modified version that does not emit sound. But Apple announced this Friday (11) that it will update the product to fight stalkers.

Apple’s statement comes after the appearance of cases of people being chased with an AirTag. The company said it is aware of reports of people using the device “for malicious or criminal purposes.” In addition, the iPhone maker announced some measures to prevent the use of the tracker for these purposes.

Improvements will be rolled out to the device itself and to the Find My network itself. The list is led by a privacy notice that will appear when configuring a tracker unit. In the message, Apple will say that the product “is for tracking your own belongings” and that using it “to track people without consent is a crime in many regions of the world”.

Also, there will be some changes to AirPods. The update has to do with reports that the “Unknown accessory detected” notification appeared when any third-party Find My network accessory was nearby. Thus, the warnings will now inform that there is an AirPods next to the user, and not an unknown item.

Support documentation on unwanted tracking has also been updated. According to Apple, the page now includes additional explanations about which Find My accessories can trigger an unwanted alert. In addition, there are more visuals to provide examples of warnings, including instructions for disabling an AirTag, AirPods, and other accessories.

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