Apple AirTags a 'perfect stalking tool' - BBC News

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  • Published on Jan 19, 2022
  • The BBC has spoken to six women in the US who say they have been tracked using Apple AirTags.
    The button-sized devices are designed to work with Apple's 'Find My' network to locate lost items. But there have been multiple reports in the US of the devices being used to track people.
    Apple told the BBC: "We take customer safety very seriously and are committed to AirTag's privacy and security."
    The company also says AirTags have better security features than rival products. However, there is growing evidence that they are being used for criminal activity across the US.
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  • directfilm
    directfilm 4 months ago +78

    The intended use is both to find a device you have lost, but also stolen. If its is stolen, you essently stalking the criminal who took you're item. I think if you asked most criminal if its ok to be tracked they would all say no. The vast majority of people who use them are using them as intended. you can find the air tag thats tracking you, you can scan it and it tells you who owns the the Tag. Tracking and GPS devices have been around a long time. apple unlike the rest of them have put in a mecnisim to limit abuse.

    • MobileDecay
      MobileDecay 7 hours ago

      you're supposed to contact the police not get all vigilante and take them on yourself. LoL.

    • Raccoonious ๐Ÿฆ
      Raccoonious ๐Ÿฆ 3 months ago +1

      Just bare in mind that if the stalker was using third party solutions,
      a) you can't trace them (no information about them) even with police involvement
      b) you won't be alerted (your phone is not going to alert you)
      c) you won't even recognise it (AirTag has a big fat Apple logo on it)
      Stalker cannot stop you from finding it once the app alerts you. The way I see it, Apple has actually made things safer

    • Hilda Elson
      Hilda Elson 4 months ago +2

      Exactly! My AirTags have been incredibly useful so far.

    • jordan Thirkettle
      jordan Thirkettle 4 months ago +1

      please turn your life to Christ whilst you still can the rapture is about to happen anytime soon please repent of your sins And invite the holy spirit to make his home inside you it's not about religion its about a relationship

    • Tsicloh
      Tsicloh 4 months ago +1

      Not everyone has Apple.

  • Jake A
    Jake A 4 months ago +240

    Trying to portray this as an โ€˜Appleโ€™ problem is quite wrong. There are many item trackers available like Samsungs Galaxy SmartTags, Tile and many other cheap products on Amazon. Focusing this on just Apple is quite misleading. I would say Apple has the most anti stalking technology in their AirTags than any other on the market, at least it informs you that your actually being tracked and how long you have been tracked for and allows you to make the item beep so you can disable it.

    • TomGl
      TomGl 4 months ago +1

      @Sisu Guillam "If you have an android phone you can also download an app to detect unwanted airtags"
      In the video. Word for word.
      I've also looked for myself. It exists. You can download it today.
      I'm begging you people to please, dear god , SERIOUSLY JUST WATCH THE VIDEO YOU'RE COMMENTING ON.

    • Sisu Guillam
      Sisu Guillam 4 months ago

      @TomGl there will be one - they are still working on it.

    • Sisu Guillam
      Sisu Guillam 4 months ago

      @Chinds93 the people who are stalked, the people who are hurt, the people who end up dead - they and their loved ones care.

    • Apple
      Apple 4 months ago

      meow meow meow meow meow meow

    • jordan Thirkettle
      jordan Thirkettle 4 months ago

      please turn your life to Christ whilst you still can the rapture is about to happen anytime soon please repent of your sins And invite the holy spirit to make his home inside you it's not about religion its about a relationship

  • Ray A E Parker
    Ray A E Parker 3 months ago +6

    It's great that Apple made an app available for Android but what they neglect to tell you here is that it does not scan automatically for tracking items - you have to manually do it, which rather defeats the purpose

  • DAP
    DAP 4 months ago +35

    Spot on: anti-tracking is the new thing for everyone who are fed up being qualified, quantified & productised from cradle to grave. Keep pushing & the only way out is off the grid.

    • jordan Thirkettle
      jordan Thirkettle 4 months ago +2

      please turn your life to Christ whilst you still can the rapture is about to happen anytime soon please repent of your sins And invite the holy spirit to make his home inside you it's not about religion its about a relationship

  • Adam
    Adam 4 months ago +16

    Anything made by humans can be used for malicious purposes if used by the wrong person

  • Fakey
    Fakey 4 months ago +23

    Long distance tracking via a small transmitter isn't a new concept or even recent technology. Many similar devices would have been almost if not just as accessible before Apple specifically made one. Perhaps a lot of criminals just didn't realise it, but that's more the fault of general ignorance than Apple specifically breaking some sort of new dangerous ground.

    • Mr E
      Mr E 4 months ago +1

      @Ian Iโ€™m not sure if I wrote it right or youโ€™ve comprehended what I said wrong, but thatโ€™s my point, this technology has been around for years you canโ€™t blame Apple, or the technology. The genie is out of the box and people are going to be who they are

    • Ian
      Ian 4 months ago

      @Mr E people always blame the technology, never the societal issues that create that kind of situation.

    • Mr E
      Mr E 4 months ago +3

      Facts Vodafone has a personnel tracker since 2017 itโ€™s deluded you can blame Apple

    • Rich Marceau
      Rich Marceau 4 months ago

      Yes, as soon as criminals find a slightly new way to do the same old crimes people try to blame the new thing rather than the criminals.

  • Intello8 9
    Intello8 9 4 months ago +14

    Letโ€™s be honest there have been other gadgets that tracks the person movements for years. So Iโ€™m not surprised people are using AirTags as a tracking device on humans

    • Blackman Whitesuit
      Blackman Whitesuit 3 months ago

      I'm trying to understand if the outrage is actually something new or just something uncovered because the item is so accessible and so good at its job. It's the perfect tool to track lost items in the States because of how many Apple devices are there. The stalking seems like it would be there regardless of the airtags.

    • Elie Rachkidi
      Elie Rachkidi 4 months ago +4

      I was about to comment that! The only difference now that apple devices notify you that thereโ€™s an object tracking you, so I donโ€™t really see where is the problem here! I just see a solution, and everyone is going crazy over it -_- like before a device can track without know that is tracking you!

  • Matt Ghostly
    Matt Ghostly 4 months ago +86

    Ask for their permission? How would it do that? Maybe the device itself holds information of its connected devices. That should help them work out who was tracking them.

    • avarice seven
      avarice seven 4 months ago

      @Teqnyq just because criminals will find ways does not mean we should stop trying to solve problems. If we have such mentality, why bother with police and other security protection when criminals will be every present.

    • Teqnyq
      Teqnyq 4 months ago

      @MasterVZ only issue I see with the registration requirement is that criminals will always find a workaround.
      This way you are only inconveniencing law abiding citizens.

    • jordan Thirkettle
      jordan Thirkettle 4 months ago

      please turn your life to Christ whilst you still can the rapture is about to happen anytime soon please repent of your sins And invite the holy spirit to make his home inside you it's not about religion its about a relationship

    • TinyBearTim
      TinyBearTim 4 months ago +6

      That wonโ€™t happen because of apples care for user data security
      Imagine your AirTag doxing you because someone has a iPhone near you

    • MasterVZ
      MasterVZ 4 months ago +3

      Thatโ€™s the exact solution. Each air tag needs to be tagged with the owners name and information. Including the imei number of the phone it was set up with.
      It should be an easy update from Apple. They should be able to do this asap.

  • LemonDroid
    LemonDroid 4 months ago +37

    The simple solution; Airtag is already linked to apple account and as intended for Anti-theft it should keep full name and phone number of the owner of its owner, any time law enforcement are informed they can find the tag by scanning the area and getting precise location whereas the normal app can just inform you if unidentified tag is following or not without details, police can get those details off it easily and track down the stalker that way without jeopardising the Anti-theft use at the same time. At the end of the day if police want to they can get into any phone already so it's not much to ask for for them to just do the same for unidentified StalkerTags. I mean once you know the apple account they can just see there phone location history and find the person who put the tag there.

    • John Thang
      John Thang 4 months ago

      My one question is should others be able to see whoโ€™s tracking them just by checking their notification or should they need to find the AirTag to be able to identify the owner?
      If anyone can see whoโ€™s tracking them, then it can do more harm to the owner if they lost their item with AirTag.
      If we need the physical AirTag to be able to trace whoโ€™s tracking you, what about all these victims who couldnโ€™t find the AirTag that was tracking them? The creep might have been following them the whole way and removed the AirTag before the victim could find it. By that time, the creep already knows where they live.

    • Teqnyq
      Teqnyq 4 months ago +1

      @jordan Thirkettle mate this talk of the impending rupture has been preached about for millenia.

    • David Marjason
      David Marjason 4 months ago +3

      @jordan Thirkettle I think thats too much religion for today. How about studying poetry? ๐Ÿค”

    • jordan Thirkettle
      jordan Thirkettle 4 months ago

      please turn your life to Christ whilst you still can the rapture is about to happen anytime soon please repent of your sins And invite the holy spirit to make his home inside you it's not about religion its about a relationship

  • B
    B 4 months ago +33

    It isnโ€™t a perfect staling tool given that Apple can, through the devices MAC address, and the associated iCloud account, identify the hypothetical stalker. Not very perfect when you are easily detectable.

    • Sisu Guillam
      Sisu Guillam 4 months ago

      @Susan Bishop just reported them.

    • John Huxley
      John Huxley 4 months ago +1

      yes it did seem like a storm in a tea cup

    • Goofy
      Goofy 4 months ago

      @Ian exactly.

    • Susan Bishop
      Susan Bishop 4 months ago +1

      @Doctor Panigrahi interesting that you find stalking women amusing .

  • Drill Tok
    Drill Tok 4 months ago +23

    Imagine, you only get this stalker notification on iPhone's. Alot of the world don't even have iPhone's so how would those people know.

    • Sisu Guillam
      Sisu Guillam 4 months ago +2

      Exactly. Android is the standard outside the US.

    • John Huxley
      John Huxley 4 months ago

      they are working on a snail mail version ...

    • Chilena Promedio ะžะดะพะฑั€ััŽ
      Chilena Promedio ะžะดะพะฑั€ััŽ 4 months ago +1

      @Lukas Exactly. In my world, we only own Android. But since we can't afford iPhones, it's unlikely any psycho ex could afford any of those devices...

    • jordan Thirkettle
      jordan Thirkettle 4 months ago +1

      please turn your life to Christ whilst you still can the rapture is about to happen anytime soon please repent of your sins And invite the holy spirit to make his home inside you it's not about religion its about a relationship

    • Lukas
      Lukas 4 months ago

      kind of true. You can download an airtag app from apple on android, but you need to be on the app to scan any airtags near you.

  • t4rss
    t4rss 4 months ago +2

    The alert is good to prevent crime but bad for recovering stolen items. Make it inaudible (which is not hard) and you get the same effects just the other way around.
    Some people defend these things and point out their usefulness. If a tool is being used for crimes and it's not even good at doing its purpose (recovering stolen things) then they should stop making it.

    • jordan Thirkettle
      jordan Thirkettle 4 months ago

      please turn your life to Christ whilst you still can the rapture is about to happen anytime soon please repent of your sins And invite the holy spirit to make his home inside you it's not about religion its about a relationship

  • Andrew Areva
    Andrew Areva 4 months ago +7

    Easy solution. If an Airtag is tracking you, have the Airtag report the owner and contact details. I mean if the real purpose is to track lost items that would be a bonus, too.

    • r8chelletters
      r8chelletters 4 months ago

      Unless itโ€™s a criminal who would now know your home locationโ€ฆthink it through.

  • First Name Second Name
    First Name Second Name 4 months ago +35

    Trackers have been around for 20 years some for as little as ยฃ15, itโ€™s not unique to AirTag. There relatively easy to find and easy smash ๐Ÿ’ฅ

    • Anthony Carroll
      Anthony Carroll 3 months ago

      Exactly. To be precise, an Apple tag is a pretty poor option for someone wanting to track another. A. Itโ€™s expensive B. It alerts its presence and gives the game away C. It is linked to a user.
      The technology to stalk has been available for years and is dirt cheap. The only reason many of these people know theyโ€™re being tracked is because their device told them.

    • Roy Pulver
      Roy Pulver 4 months ago

      @John Huxley Hehe, that was my first comment too :)

    • John Huxley
      John Huxley 4 months ago +1

      you seem to know a lot about this ..do you have a long history of "being too real for girls"

    • Roy Pulver
      Roy Pulver 4 months ago +2

      @jordan Thirkettle Hail Satan! ๐Ÿ‘ฟ

    • jordan Thirkettle
      jordan Thirkettle 4 months ago

      please turn your life to Christ whilst you still can the rapture is about to happen anytime soon please repent of your sins And invite the holy spirit to make his home inside you it's not about religion its about a relationship

  • Koda
    Koda 4 months ago +2

    Yeah, Apple, get caught up to the REAL world. These are NOT helpful if they can be tagged by ANYONE, or used by anyone, without a person's knowledge or consent; this is not only creepy, but downright illegal! Apple needs to take a serious look into this and NOT brush it off as a "consumer" issue, but a software or hardware problem. All 'smart tags' from ANY platform need to be remedied; this could cause real harm in the near future.
    *#Apple** **#AirTags** **#Stalking*

    • jordan Thirkettle
      jordan Thirkettle 4 months ago

      please turn your life to Christ whilst you still can the rapture is about to happen anytime soon please repent of your sins And invite the holy spirit to make his home inside you it's not about religion its about a relationship

  • S Ng
    S Ng 4 months ago +20

    Is it just me? The downside of such gadget is blatantly clear. That's why for many people, no Echo/Alexa, electronic tags....(admittedly hard to ditch the mobile phones, though, which do track location all the time)
    And that's why tracking devices like Echo/Alexa are relatively low cost. Corporates want consumers' data.

  • Raccoonious ๐Ÿฆ
    Raccoonious ๐Ÿฆ 3 months ago

    The problem with this is - will Android owners be able to see AirTags? I bet Apple conveniently left that out (or unusable such that it's not worth using)
    This is a marketing strategy to buy iPhones. Well done Apple.

  • Tj R
    Tj R 4 months ago +5

    Apple should allow the person being stalked to identify who is the owner of the device. The owner of the device has to set up an account, this information should show up on the phone of the person being stalked.

    • b earth
      b earth 3 months ago

      @John Huxley gotcha, cool beans.
      I have issues with taking stuff literally and takes time for me to process.
      I was like what wait..lol?!?!
      Cheers

    • John Huxley
      John Huxley 3 months ago +1

      @b earth well your first comment implies you dont get the joke then the 2nd says you do get it

    • b earth
      b earth 3 months ago +1

      @John Huxley I put on airtag on your account..lol

    • b earth
      b earth 3 months ago

      @John Huxley pardon..lol?!?
      Paranoid mUch?
      Do you possibly have another comment you can locate and remark there as well, for..lol..lol..lol
      Now, if we are on the same TheXvid algorithm suggestion set that can have alot to do with it ๐Ÿ‘€

    • John Huxley
      John Huxley 3 months ago +1

      @b earth why do you comment after all my comments? are you following me?

  • Sisa Khoza
    Sisa Khoza 4 months ago +2

    AirGuard is available for Android users; we won't typically get those notifications since this is really only an iOS feature. Apparently Apple are making an Android app though, so if this one (made by a university research team) is too sketchy for you, keep an eye out for Apple's version

  • MrLoobu
    MrLoobu 4 months ago +31

    Apple-Thats what it's for, that's literally all it does.

  • wrl
    wrl 4 months ago +2

    Classic case of technology where pros are few and the cons are staggering.

    • Victor Obini
      Victor Obini 2 months ago

      Lol chill

    • jordan Thirkettle
      jordan Thirkettle 4 months ago

      please turn your life to Christ whilst you still can the rapture is about to happen anytime soon please repent of your sins And invite the holy spirit to make his home inside you it's not about religion its about a relationship

  • Cliff
    Cliff 4 months ago +1

    Ok: the apple air tag will worn you if someone is using it to track you. That is a good thing. A bigger question is that the only way Apple would know this is if Apple was also tracking you. What else is Apple doing with data.

    • jordan Thirkettle
      jordan Thirkettle 4 months ago

      please turn your life to Christ whilst you still can the rapture is about to happen anytime soon please repent of your sins And invite the holy spirit to make his home inside you it's not about religion its about a relationship

  • Kenzie -.-
    Kenzie -.- 4 months ago

    Need to put one on those Amazon drivers that say they delivered my package already.

  • Arcade Alchemist
    Arcade Alchemist 4 months ago +5

    air tags should be usueful for things like BIKES and luggage but they have to also be SECURE

  • Ms TT
    Ms TT 4 months ago

    It needs to be able to sound an alarm, like when you look for your phone. How cannot be found?

  • Ordinary G33K
    Ordinary G33K 4 months ago +1

    I got one of these notifications the other day. Turned out that the device following me, though, was my AirPods, not an AirTag. Apparently, AirPods can set off this notification, which can be really creepy.

    • Ordinary G33K
      Ordinary G33K 4 months ago

      @jordan Thirkettle ???

    • jordan Thirkettle
      jordan Thirkettle 4 months ago

      please turn your life to Christ whilst you still can the rapture is about to happen anytime soon please repent of your sins And invite the holy spirit to make his home inside you it's not about religion its about a relationship

  • r8chelletters
    r8chelletters 4 months ago +1

    Isnโ€™t there a dampening field you can create to stop tracking? Letโ€™s hear about some counter technologies!

  • Xavier
    Xavier 4 months ago

    I saw a video of Edward Snowden here and he was telling that he changed his smartphone very often and he show how to get rid of the tracker. It's the first thing he does before leaving the store. You just have to do a research here and you'll find it.

  • redf
    redf 4 months ago

    If they are getting beeped its more likely they are tracked by one of their own devices.

  • Mono Palle
    Mono Palle 4 months ago

    Welcome to reality, snoozers! What did you think a coin size tracking device was for? LOL.

  • MasterVZ
    MasterVZ 4 months ago +2

    Each air tag needs to be tagged with the owners name and information. Including the imei number of the phone it was set up with.
    It should be an easy update from Apple. They should be able to do this asap.

  • N Sturgeon
    N Sturgeon 4 months ago +1

    ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ Apple at its finest!!!

  • CapAnson12345
    CapAnson12345 4 months ago

    Yeah but it's soooo useful.. I don't want to give up my lost luggage finder.

  • Melon Head CS:GO
    Melon Head CS:GO 4 months ago +34

    Itโ€™s not like actual GPS tracking devices donโ€™t exist already on Amazon etc. ๐Ÿ˜‚

    • JustGame
      JustGame 4 months ago

      @TomGl why say apple airtags perfected stalking tool, its not just an apple only problem. They used the Apple brand to get clicks. They know what they are doing

    • TomGl
      TomGl 4 months ago

      @JustGame They "targeted" Apple because it was an Apple device that made the news. It's unfortunate but it's because Apple at least had the alerts that these women were made aware of what happened, talked about it and their story got picked up.
      Apple's "clout" had FA to do with it. It's the news cycle, not playground grudges FFS.

    • JustGame
      JustGame 4 months ago +4

      exactly, they target apple cause they got clout

    • Acharich Speaks
      Acharich Speaks 4 months ago

      @Duke of Shittenfards ๐Ÿ’ฏ๐Ÿ’ฏ๐Ÿ’ฏ

  • so10aar
    so10aar 4 months ago +7

    The same thing with apply pay - it literally shows the last location (THE FULL ADDRESS & LOCATION ON MAPS) you may have been (or still are) after paying

    • Sisu Guillam
      Sisu Guillam 4 months ago

      @Collan your bank knows. Only your bank.

    • Purple Haze
      Purple Haze 4 months ago +1

      @Ed E I use virtual credit cards, so I can use a proxy.

    • Ed E
      Ed E 4 months ago

      @Purple Haze you can't use a proxy with a bank card

  • TinyBearTim
    TinyBearTim 4 months ago

    This isnโ€™t apples fault and if anyone that knows how to code can make it so it wonโ€™t give the notification

  • BTM
    BTM 4 months ago

    โ€˜Perfect stalking toolโ€™ Not really.
    I can think of an improvement, how bout donโ€™t let the victim know theyโ€™re being stalked?

  • Grunfeld
    Grunfeld 4 months ago

    I remember once I was going to the supermarket, when I was less than a Block away notice a women few meters ahead of me did the same route but to my surpraise when I arrived she was there standing and asked me if I was following her?

  • Peter Comfort
    Peter Comfort 4 months ago

    Not a good stalking tool if it sends a notification to the victims phone

  • Marian Rose
    Marian Rose 4 months ago +1

    Imagine buying that๐Ÿค”

  • Joel -
    Joel - 4 months ago

    Did people seriously forget how to remember where their personal belongings are? Jesus

  • Tom Nook
    Tom Nook 4 months ago +2

    Good job Tim Apple

  • Roy Pulver
    Roy Pulver 4 months ago +1

    0:30 - Dear Americans, on behalf of the UK, I wish to apologise for this presenter's pronunciation of 'Mississippi' ๐Ÿ˜ž

  • Martin Rabe
    Martin Rabe 4 months ago

    Well thatโ€™s BS, tracking devices are around for a long time, this is just the first one that informs u.

  • Jacky Drywater
    Jacky Drywater 4 months ago +1

    You don't need an air tag when everyone post every 5 minutes where there at and what there doing

  • ak101farhan
    ak101farhan 4 months ago +6

    The fact that BBC can't get hold of Tim Cook regarding this matter is disturbing. BBC can get hold of prince Andrew but not Tim cook.

    • Robert
      Robert 4 months ago

      But it would just be embarrassing if they spoke with Apple as they would just say do you even know what news reporting is?
      The system alerts you about it and even lets you know where to find where the tracker so you can disable it.
      However you would be better off getting a taxi and leaving it on their than destroying it.

    • ak101farhan
      ak101farhan 4 months ago

      @Halo Freak i was talking about bbc here, you can track anyone these days as long as they have a smartphone on them. Use Pegasus.

    • Halo Freak
      Halo Freak 4 months ago

      The thing that gets me is apple is a latecomer to this type of product, there are offerings by other companies that in some cases have been around for years. Also, Apple probably has better anti stalking features than the competition.

  • Paul Tiplady
    Paul Tiplady 4 months ago

    Who could possibly imagine this would happen

  • Jim Trainor
    Jim Trainor 4 months ago +8

    What's the legitimate use for these things? I've only seen dumb stories of people mailing parcels tracking them for fun, and these sort of stalking stories. I've yet to see a story when it helped solve a legit problem.

    • Gareth H
      Gareth H 4 months ago +1

      Finding lost dogs and missing children.

    • TheYoutubeGuy
      TheYoutubeGuy 4 months ago +2

      So you can find your misplaced/lost keys or bags etc.

  • MrHaydnSir
    MrHaydnSir 3 months ago

    but letโ€™s forget about Tile, because big corp scary Apple is the first company to make a GPS device

  • Master Electrician Anthony Wright

    Whatโ€™s to stop these stockers from stocking, this is creepy and good to be exposed to the public safety

  • hadror13
    hadror13 4 months ago

    That means it's working. Great product

    • Professor Pancakes
      Professor Pancakes 4 months ago +2

      When mass shooting occurs, do you think great product? The gun is doing what it was designed for, after all.

  • MIGHTY MQB
    MIGHTY MQB 4 months ago

    What happens when your on the train with 10 people who have smart tags lol?

  • Dee๐Ÿ™‹
    Dee๐Ÿ™‹ 4 months ago

    This is really gross and creepy just to be stalked like that they should ask permission before they do this

  • a name
    a name 3 months ago

    Well those stalkers are rather dumb. The air tag is directly linked and attached to an apple ID (and it acts basically like an ID) not only does it have their name, but also their phone number. (You can find out who the air tag belong to by taping it with your phone)

  • Willie Nelson Gonzalez
    Willie Nelson Gonzalez 4 months ago +26

    Iโ€™m pretty sure Apple at some realised that their air tag could easily be used for nefarious purposesโ€ฆ but hey, money โ€ฆ right?

    • Sisu Guillam
      Sisu Guillam 4 months ago

      @Ace these ones they did.

    • John Huxley
      John Huxley 4 months ago

      @Sisu Guillam i think that you can get a cheep tracker online that would not beep if you wanted to do this... this seems like a way to catch stupid stalkers...i know the world is full of dark and dangerous people and yes we should take precautions but not live in total fear

    • Ace
      Ace 4 months ago

      You act like apple invented these trackers duh

    • Sisu Guillam
      Sisu Guillam 4 months ago

      @John Huxley you do not have to use this device long to efficiently stalk someone - by the time the person tagged is made aware it might already be too late.

  • R.B
    R.B 4 months ago

    How does the friendly device know that such a thing is happening to you ???? Thanks.

  • Robert
    Robert 3 months ago

    I feel bad for anyone tracking me: Wed 6th: 23 hours in bed, 1 hour return trips to fridge

  • Lallybots Toots
    Lallybots Toots 4 months ago

    You have had trackers for cars for years ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ

  • Jack
    Jack 4 months ago

    yeah so lets show all the stalkers online how to do it?! ๐Ÿ˜‚

  • Atif Adib
    Atif Adib 4 months ago

    First of all who ask you to buy and bluetooth useally dosent work with in a specific range. thats mean it need to be around few meters of its operation.

  • Eman M
    Eman M 4 months ago

    All this attention on Apples AirTags is just fear mongering. People have been using traditional GPS trackers maliciously since their inception for a very long time all without offering any features to help those being tracked. Meanwhile Apples AIrTags support better safety features and only really work properly with iPhones are being targeted.

  • a1g0rhythm
    a1g0rhythm 4 months ago

    Air tags should reveal the owners name, address and phone number.

  • Jessie MacDonald
    Jessie MacDonald 4 months ago

    obviously this is bad but at least they all get notified that they were being stalked. you would probably never know about a regular tracker

  • Tony Arroyo
    Tony Arroyo 3 months ago

    The Android app doesnโ€™t track live in the background. Itโ€™s woefully inadequate.

  • Bud crawford
    Bud crawford 4 months ago +2

    Can't it be proggrammed to turn of or turn the gps of, or a switch control on the owners phone or something

  • Lord Honour
    Lord Honour 4 months ago +1

    So many other devices that have been around for years that can do this?!!!

    • Rich Marceau
      Rich Marceau 4 months ago +1

      Yeah, there's one with 4 wheels that can follow pedestrians as long as they stay on roads. They really ought to ban those.

  • Yuri
    Yuri 4 months ago

    Itโ€™s funny to see all these Apple bots in the comments defending the product/company. Super smooth and not suspicious at all ๐Ÿ˜‚

  • DGX
    DGX 4 months ago +1

    These devices must have unique Device ID which can help to find its owner. Who purchased it. Apple support should help in this case. Seems easy if that device is not purchased with wrong details or are not stolen device. Like take from some black market.
    I guess it's apple product so they must identify device owner very easily.

    • DGX
      DGX 4 months ago

      @TinyBearTim Well, then that person will keep doing its work. And it'll never come to the light.

    • TinyBearTim
      TinyBearTim 4 months ago

      @DGX you can easily find where the tags are the phone tells you
      And we have been able to track people for years now itโ€™s not hard
      Apple support has no right to give user data doing it once sets a precedent and then people will expect more and more like when the fbi wanted a back door

    • DGX
      DGX 4 months ago

      @TinyBearTim this is not good.

    • TinyBearTim
      TinyBearTim 4 months ago +1

      They canโ€™t find the owner because of privacy laws and the fact apple donโ€™t really take much data

  • Assange Snowden
    Assange Snowden 4 months ago +1

    i need this for my "cat"

  • Saiful Haque
    Saiful Haque 4 months ago

    at lest you can see someone is following you, but what about other social media? Who are tracking everything without any notification!

  • Sarah James
    Sarah James 4 months ago

    But other devices similar to this like Tile you had the same issue.

  • Sorin Hodosan
    Sorin Hodosan 3 months ago

    She is not concerned that her phone does the same thing and the stalker is the governmentโ€ฆ.

  • David Price
    David Price 4 months ago +2

    I've been using trackers for years. I won't say what for.

    • jordan Thirkettle
      jordan Thirkettle 4 months ago

      please turn your life to Christ whilst you still can the rapture is about to happen anytime soon please repent of your sins And invite the holy spirit to make his home inside you it's not about religion its about a relationship

  • Qamar Aziz
    Qamar Aziz 4 months ago

    How about usage to protect our vehicles from thieves

  • Anna L. Vajda
    Anna L. Vajda 4 months ago

    Yeah if they have your phone number they can track your device too. One guy used his girlfriends gps app to stalk her when she left him broke into the place she was staying and murdered her that way too.

  • crazypasta
    crazypasta 4 months ago +1

    That bald reporter looks exactly like a stalker who uses this thing ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  • b earth
    b earth 3 months ago

    States need to simply make it a federal crime to stock someone and all airtags are registered. So basically to find out who the airtag is registered to, they only have to hold apple accountable if they do not disclose the owner of account!

    • b earth
      b earth 3 months ago

      Also Apple could honestly have a monitoring algorithm that flags accounts that have airtag frequency sending out alerts to other apple phones. Once someone gets that alert, the account with airtag registered to them should also get flagged!! Its possible!

  • Barnaby Thorngate
    Barnaby Thorngate 4 months ago +8

    So if I have an android phone I have to download an app so that the tech devised by some foul company can't be used to stalk me? Great! That doesn't sound like dystopia at all!

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    The simple solution; Airtag is already linked to apple account and as intended for Anti-theft it should keep full name and phone number of the owner of its owner, any time law enforcement are informed they can find the tag by scanning the area and getting precise location whereas the normal app can just inform you if unidentified tag is following or not without details, police can get those details off it easily and track down the stalker that way without jeopardising the Anti-theft use at the same time. At the end of the day if police want to they can get into any phone already so it's not much to ask for for them to just do the same for unidentified StalkerTags. I mean once you know the apple account they can just see there phone location history and find the person who put the tag there.

  • Sammad Khan
    Sammad Khan 4 months ago

    Thanks for the idea BBC

  • SPKY 13
    SPKY 13 4 months ago

    Simple, make people purchasing air tags register the tags to their iCloud and provide identification either in the form of bank cards or passports etc. Once in use, the tag be traced back to either to the ownerโ€™s ID or iPhone with the assistance of Apple or the police.

    • rgaufman
      rgaufman 4 months ago

      That's exactly what it does. For example, if I let my dad borrow my car, I have an AirTag on the keys, when he drives off, he is immediately notified that there's an AirTag with him that belongs to me and he has to press that he agrees, he is given the option to contact me or disable the tag. Apple have fantastic anti-stalking built in unlike any other tracker, the BBC should be ashamed of this reporting.

  • Vachau 01
    Vachau 01 3 months ago +1

    Useful to track your cheating spouse lol

  • Karina Brampt
    Karina Brampt 4 months ago

    Correction..."whose to say that staff at Apple are not responsible for this incidents...these days there are strange people working in top Companies who have bizarre personality types and abnormal or antisocial behaviour.
    Just goes to show it might be police officers, bush walkers, or anyone who gets off the thrill of being in control. Maybe someone with a Narcissist personality disorder.

    • MrHaydnSir
      MrHaydnSir 3 months ago

      i think youโ€™re throwing stones in a glass house, the church has just as many abnormal, strange, creepy characters .. whom iโ€™m sure have never exploited women, or the vulnerable ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • XxxThewokedestroyer189xxX

    Criminals could use this for anything. Even track law enforcement vehicles.
    Very silly that is has a lack of security features.

  • C Ch
    C Ch 4 months ago +2

    I can just imagine sore divorces or breakups using this opportunity... ex wife/husband stalking you and seeing who you're dating or talking to.
    The airtags should have a setting to reset when a particular distance (between the device and its tag) has been exceeded for a period of time. That way when airtags are sold on the 2nd hand market, the previous owner can't monitor anyone after a period of time.

  • Jimmy Tatt
    Jimmy Tatt 3 months ago

    Theyโ€™re a bloody selfish company, you want them to be responsibility? Pay them! Itโ€™s all about extra-extra money they want.

  • slartibartfast
    slartibartfast 3 months ago

    You can always guarantee apple support will sell you another one.

  • John Huxley
    John Huxley 4 months ago +3

    it sounds like this is a bad way to stalk people... it beeps and tells them they are being stalked.. i did not know this was a thing, i want to get one for my keys and my wife's phone....NOT TO STALK HER .. she is always losing the phone

  • curtis
    curtis 4 months ago +6

    Not really apples fault if anything I praise apple for even thinking about werdios using it for stalking

  • TV Expert
    TV Expert 4 months ago +2

    I never carry technology that can track me.
    Why would I?

    • Halo Freak
      Halo Freak 4 months ago

      I'm guessing you don't have any sort of smartphone then

    • Yarn
      Yarn 4 months ago

      Your phone

  • Jimmy XVM
    Jimmy XVM 4 months ago +1

    Your phone is a airtag itself did u know?

  • NATHAN VIERKE
    NATHAN VIERKE 4 months ago +1

    why isnt this recalled or discontinued?

  • TheYoutubeGuy
    TheYoutubeGuy 4 months ago

    Cool, I have placed an order for one :).

  • Sadiq Alam
    Sadiq Alam 4 months ago +14

    It literally warns someone with an Apple device that they might be Followed, and then giving you a precise location on the device as well as how to take out the battery, tracking devices have been around for years Apple just made it easier but Iโ€™m surprised on the level of intelligence of those who are complaining because they are giving the answers but not understanding

    • Matt N
      Matt N 4 months ago

      @Robert You must have missed the video mate because it literally tells you about that at the end

    • Matt N
      Matt N 4 months ago

      @Robert Wtf are you on about? How is this non intelligent

    • Matt N
      Matt N 4 months ago +1

      @Eman M Yes.

  • Dat Ginngr
    Dat Ginngr 4 months ago

    Get a gun and a home security system, best we got rn ๐Ÿ˜‚

  • SmokedFedz
    SmokedFedz 4 months ago +1

    So your iPhone is tracked by pigs when itโ€™s on ๐Ÿ˜‚

  • Nathaneal Scott
    Nathaneal Scott 4 months ago +1

    "IF you have an android, you can also download the app to detect it." Wow, I can already imagine crime syndicates using this on 3rd world countries where the majority of low-income people don't have apple products, but androids, or even china's low-cost brands. Hmm.... I should probably get one too and start stalking my high-school crush. I for sure knows she don't hv an iphone, ipad, or the sorts.

  • THEEEVOLONE
    THEEEVOLONE 4 months ago

    You can buy detectors and scanners for these devices and other bugs and different devices or you can hire a private investigator or security firm to find it, if youโ€™re concerned or if one has been tracking you and cant find its exact location

  • Jason Thompson
    Jason Thompson 4 months ago

    The notification takes to long to pop up it should be on your phone in like 5 mins

  • Laro
    Laro 4 months ago

    BS. There has been trackers around for years. Apple Air tag is nothing special