Apple is updating its AirTags to improve on privacy measures after concerns were raised the Bluetooth trackers could easily enable stalking.
In a statement obtained by USA TODAY, Apple said it will shorten the period after which an AirTag separated from its owner will play a sound when moved.
The tech giant said AirTags will now make a sound any time between eight and 24 hours after the tracker is separated from its owner. That’s significantly shortened from the original period of three days.
Apple said it will also roll out an Android app later this year capable of detecting an AirTag or other Apple device connected through its Find My service that is separated from its owner and traveling with a user. Without an Apple device, the only way to know whether an unknown AirTag was nearby is a sound made by the tracker within the time period it’s separated from its owner.
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AirTags are Bluetooth trackers, similar to the Tile, launched by Apple this year as a way to keep tabs on items such as keys or luggage. Once paired with the user’s iPhone, AirTags can be monitored using the Find My app.
Among the features available at launch was “unwanted tracking,” which would alert users any time an AirTag not belonging to them was nearby.
However, reports including one from The Washington Post suggested AirTags make it too easy to digitally stalk other people undetected.
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