Many concerns were raised about the potential of AirTag being used in stalking scenarios. The device is small enough to be placed in a pocket or bag without the person’s knowledge, but Apple says that it already came up with a solution for this. The item-tracker will alert the user if they have an unknown tag present on them when they come home.
AirTag can easily be attached to objects or everyday items like purses, school bags, and keys to quickly locate them. The product works with the recently announced Find My network to anonymously share location across Apple’s network of iOS devices.
If you have an unknown AirTag on you when you get home, Apple will warn you
Apple has provided considerable information regarding the safety mechanism in place within its Find My network. In a statement to Fast Company, the tech giant said that it will alert users when they arrive home or another location that they frequently visit, like gym or office.
Apple has built some protections into this system. If you are an iPhone user, for instance, and someone has placed an AirTag on your person, your phone will eventually alert you that an AirTag that isn’t yours has been found “moving with you.” Apple didn’t clarify how quickly or often this alert will arrive, but it did share that it will occur when you arrive at your home (the address stored in your Apple “Me” card) or at certain other locations that your phone has learned you frequent over time. Apple declined to disclose further specifics, citing the interest of public safety.
With AirTags now in the hands of people worldwide, it’s only a matter of time before we find out more about the tracking devices. Regardless of this issue, AirTags are already set to be one of the best Bluetooth trackers you can buy.
Privacy is important, and AirTag tracks items, not people. With built-in features like unwanted tag detection, audible alerts, and rotating identifiers, AirTag is priced at $29 each or four for $99. Found an unknown AirTag moving with you? learn how to disable it here.