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Apple and Google Join Forces to Stop Unauthorized Location-Tracking Devices

May 3, 2023

Apple and Google have teamed up to work on a draft industry-wide specification that’s designed to tackle safety risks and alert users when they are being tracked without their knowledge or permission using devices like AirTags.

“The first-of-its-kind specification will allow Bluetooth location-tracking devices to be compatible with unauthorized tracking detection and alerts across Android and iOS platforms,” the companies said in a joint statement.

While these trackers are primarily designed to keep tabs on personal belongings like keys, wallets, luggage, and other items, such devices have also been abused by bad actors for criminal or nefarious purposes, including instances of stalking, harassment, and theft.

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