Apple launches Android app to address AirTags tracker fears



Apple launches Android app to address AirTags tracker fears

Apple has launched an app for competitor Android’s smartphones, which will inform users if there is a tracking device nearby.

 

Apple’s AirTags are small location trackers that can be attached to items such as keys or bags in case they are lost.

 

But they could also be used with malicious intent, such as being planted on people without their knowledge.

 

The new app allows Android users to detect nearby trackers they do not own.

 

AirTags work by leveraging millions of Apple devices, each of which can detect nearby tags, to create a powerful tracking network.

 

“These small inexpensive tags can potentially make it very easy for a stalker to hide one in the victim’s car or personal possessions and then be able to track their victim’s whereabouts,” Rachel Horman-Brown, who chairs anti-stalking advocacy service Paladin, told BBC :

 

 

Two months after their release, amid concerns over abuse, Apple introduced a feature where iPhones would notify users if an “unknown AirTag” or other compatible third-party device was detected “moving with you over time”.

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