Apple Makes It Harder To Misuse AirTags For Tracking

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Apple has announced plans to introduce changes that will make it harder to misuse AirTags to track people. According to the company, the changes will make it easier to find suspicious AirTags hidden around them.

One of the changes warns users who set up their AirTag for the first time that it is illegal to use the device to track people without their consent.

Apple explained that people will be alerted earlier when an unknown AirTag is travelling with them. Currently, iPhone and Android users can receive notifications that notify them of an “unwanted tracking” if an unknown AirTag follows them. Android users do not receive notifications until they download an app.

However, iPhones 11,12 and 13 will receive more than just warnings of unwanted tracking. They will be able to detect the distance and direction of an unknown AirTag when it is in range.

Some features that Apple will add in the future to clamp down on unwanted tracking include increasing the alarm tone to make it easier to locate the tag.

Apple will also add a feature that plays a sound when an AirTag that hasn’t been with the registered user for an extended period is moved.

For more information, read the original story on the BBC.

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