A mother and her daughter alerted the police after discovering that they had been followed by an AirTag for several hours.
Despite Apple’s updates and actions to prevent its GPS trackers from being used for malicious purposes, AirTags continue to serve as tracking tools. Several months after the first cases identified, the American company is facing a new disturbing incident.
While an American family had spent a day of vacation at Disney World park in Orlando, Florida, a notification that arrived on their iPhone at the end of the day clouded their trip. According to website information WKRN reported by Apple Insiderit was mother Jennifer Gaston, who was the first to receive the information at 11:33 p.m., even though the first detections of the AirTag dated back to much earlier in the day, around 7:00 p.m.
AirTags are still used for stalking
While checking her iPhone notification, Jennifer Gaston discovered with concern that Apple’s GPS beacon had been following them for more than four hours, and that she had meticulously recorded all the movements of the day within the park. Despite their attempts to find the tracker in their belongings, the family members did not find any AirTags. Back at their hotel, they finally resigned themselves to calling the police, who for their part, did no better. Due to a lack of physical evidence, no offense could be recorded by law enforcement.
Remember that in the event that an unknown AirTag is found, it is easily possible for the police to identify its owner, by transmitting its serial number to Apple. In this specific case, the case remains a mystery. One of the possibilities that cannot be ruled out, however, remains a technical error: in a park as busy as Disney World, the AirTags are undoubtedly numerous and close to each other. It is thus possible that the family’s iPhone simply detected the same nearby tracker several times.
Still, the case revives concerns around AirTags, and more generally GPS trackers. Intended to keep an eye on their keys, their purse or any other inanimate object, the connected GPS beacons which are springing up everywhere on the market at the moment are obviously not intended to follow a person, otherwise they risk heavy criminal penalties.
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