“The happiest place on earth could have very easily turned into my worst nightmare”, says a woman who says she was followed around Disneyland by someone using an Apple AirTag.
The Irish writer and performer Hannah Rose May revealed her ordeal on Twitter, claiming one of the tags had to be been to follow her around the world-famous park.
Apple produced AirTags last year with the intention of using them to track keys or other personal belongings, but there have been several stories of individuals being followed using the gadgets.
She said: “An Apple AirTag was put on me to track my location Saturday night. I’m sharing what happened to me so you know what to look for.”
The Los Angeles-based writer had been at the park at an after-hours event that last until 2am.
She said: “I got a ‘Find My’ notification at the end of the night that I didn’t think anything of but opened it anyway and it turned out to be this… someone had been tracking me for two hours.”
May posted a screenshot of the warning she got, which revealed that the owner of the AirTag was following her.
Before starting her journey home, May was able to turn off the monitoring, and she claimed that the entire time she was being monitored, she was with a group.
She warned other users: “If you ever receive a “Find My” message, be sure to open the app right away because the safety alert does not show up on the screen until you open the app.
In response to this, Apple developed the Tracker Detect app for Android devices.
She continued: “AirTags are the size of a coin. It’s scary how easy they are to slip into a pocket or purse.
“Originally created to locate your keys it’s evident they are being used for worse than good.
“The happiest place on earth could have very easily turned into my worst nightmare.”
She added after sharing her story on Instagram, she received several direct messages from people who have found they were being tracked by AirTags.
Her thread has been liked nearly 20,000 times and has received over 10,000 retweets.
When contacted by The Independent, a spokesperson for Apple said: “AirTag was designed to help people locate their personal belongings, not to track people or another person’s property, and we condemn in the strongest possible terms any malicious use of our products.”
The spokesperson said there will be several “improvements” added by the end of 2022, including precision finding, a display alert with sound, refining unwanted tracking alert logic, and adjusting the tone sequence to use more of the loudest tones to make an unknown AirTag more easily findable.
The spokesperson added: “We will continue to listen to feedback and innovate.
“We’ve built a tenable system of deterrents which we are committed to making improvements to over time.”
Source: Yahoo News