'AirTags' appear to include privacy features to stop unwanted tracking
Apple looks to be including safety and privacy features in its "AirTags" accessory that could address concerns about unwanted tracking or stalking via the Find My app.
Those features were revealed by code strings buried in the first developer beta of iOS 14.3, which was briefly released and then pulled on Thursday.
Developer and MacRumors contributor Steve Moser, discovered the new "AirTags" features.
It looks like Apple is addressing safety/privacy concertns if you think someone placed an AirTag in your stuff with this line: "If you feel your safety is at risk due to this item, contact your local law enforcement. You may need the serial number of this item." https://t.co/SiZPNhAG28— Steve Moser (@SteveMoser) November 13, 2020
One of the code strings reads "If you feel your safety is at risk due to this item, contact your local law enforcement. You may need the serial number of this item."
Another piece of evidence indicates that Apple could alert users with an "unknown accessory detected" prompt if they are carrying a tracking device that doesn't belong to them. "This item has been moving with you for a while. The owner can see its location," an alert reads.
Apple may also provide instructions on how to disassemble an unfamiliar "AirTags" tracking device so that users can stop sharing their location.
The security and safety features should help address concerns about unwanted tracking and stalking, such as if a bad actor surreptitiously places an AirTag device in someone's bag.
Other "AirTags" evidence found within the first iOS 14.3 beta include information on the initial setup process, apparent compatibility of the Find My app with third-party tracking devices, and a feature that allows a user to scan an AirTag and bring up its owners information.