A woman from Indiana has allegedly told someone that with the help of an Apple AirTag, she stalked a man and killed him because he was cheating on her. This is an appalling aspect of the role of gadgets in the realm of domestic violence and privacy invasion.
Reports say that the 26-year-old woman allegedly told a bystander that she’d found her boyfriend at a local pub. She found it after tracking him through Apple AirTag, which is an Apple gadget that acts as an easy geotracker.
The woman then fatally ran over the man with her motor vehicle, according to the cops, after she found him inside the pub with another woman.
Further details are yet to be revealed. This demonstrates how GPS tracking can turn a dark side. These are cheap and easy to buy online, to menace, surveil, or attack other people.
In December, for example, an Arkansas woman described her shock at finding the $29 piece of Apple hardware taped to the trunk of her car after her phone informed her that there was an AirTag somewhere nearby.
The failsafe worked in that case, and the woman was able to quickly remove the tracking device as soon as she found it. However, AirTags can generally only be tracked by iPhones, so if the person being tracked is not an iPhone owner or if the device isn’t manufactured by Apple, they won’t be informed the way the Arkansas woman was.
In a February statement about the safety issues, Apple said that it would work with law enforcement to bypass AirTag stalking. It also said it would issue a popup warning that people who misuse AirTags to track people without consent may be prosecuted and that the device “is designed to be detected by victims.”