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Apple launches personal safety guide as AirTag stalking concerns grow

Apple launched a “personal safety user guide” for customers this week as the tech giant faces mounting concerns that its AirTag device could be used to track or stalk individuals. Apple’s guide, which was published on Tuesday, includes a section titled “Stay safe with AirTag and other Find My accessories.” Customers are provided information on what to do if they are concerned “someone is using an AirTag or another item tracker to track your location,” among other safety tips. “This user guide is a personal safety resource for anyone who is concerned about or experiencing technology-enabled abuse, stalking, or harassment,” Apple’s description of the guide says. “It can help you sever digital ties with those you no longer want to be connected to and outlines the personal safety features that are built into Apple devices.” Apple began selling the AirTag in April 2021. The devices are meant to help users keep track of vital personal items such as their wallets and keys. However, multiple reports have surfaced in recent weeks on how AirTags could be used to track people. Earlier this month, model Brooks Nader detailed a disturbing incident in which a stranger slipped an AirTag into her jacket and stalked her for several hours Nader said she became aware she was being tracked after her iPhone sent an alert about an “unknown accessory” in her vicinity. “We take customer safety very seriously and are committed to AirTag’s privacy and security,” Apple told The Post at the time. “AirTag is designed with a set of proactive features to discourage unwanted tracking — a first in the industry — and the Find My network includes a smart, tunable system with deterrents that applies to AirTag, as well as third-party products as part of the Find My network accessory program.” In December, police in Ontario, Canada, warned that AirTags were a “new method being used by thieves to track and steal high-end vehicles.” Meanwhile, a Maryland woman detailed how she found an AirTag attached to her car in a Twitter thread that quickly went viral. Apple’s Find My app alerts users if an unknown AirTag or other linked device is traveling near them. “If you feel your safety is at risk, you can contact your local United States law enforcement who can work with Apple. You might need to provide the AirTag or its serial number,” Apple’s safety guide says.

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