The Big Tech company has announced a new policy on the malicious use of its AirTags
Apple has come to admit that at least one of its products, the AirTag tracking device, is being misused for “for malicious or criminal purposes.” The company said it would change its policies in an effort to combat crime and privacy violations.
Announced on Friday, the next software update will be more explicit in its warnings to users about the consequences of using the tracker without people’s permission or knowledge.
While AirTags have been linked to alleged crimes such as stalking or car theft, the company said it will now notify every user setting up the device that applies it”following people without their consent is a crime in many parts of the world.”
Personal Apple ID data of alleged offenders may be shared with law enforcement.”in response to a valid law enforcement subpoena or request“, the company warned, adding that it had already been”work closely with various security groups and law enforcement agencieshelping to apprehend and charge the perpetrators.
Some additional features to limit unwanted tracking will be implemented later this year, including improved alerts on unknown nearby AirTags.
The tracker, intended to be attached to personal items such as keys or luggage to help owners locate them if lost, went on sale last year. While Apple says it was designed “with privacy in mind” and uses advanced encryption, the product was misused as a cheap way to stalk or spy on someone, when it was slipped into personal effects.
Modified versions of the beacon that don’t beep to reveal themselves have recently appeared for sale on sites like Etsy.
Apple pointed out that AirTags were designed “to help people locate their belongings, not to track the people or property of othersand said he condemned “any misuse” of the product.
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