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Tue May 14, 2024, 09:04 PM May 14

Apple and Google deliver support for unwanted tracking alerts in iOS and Android


Apple and Google have worked together to create an industry specification — Detecting Unwanted Location Trackers — for Bluetooth tracking devices that makes it possible to alert users across both iOS and Android if such a device is unknowingly being used to track them. This will help mitigate the misuse of devices designed to help keep track of belongings. Today Apple is implementing this capability in iOS 17.5, and Google is now launching this capability on Android 6.0+ devices.

With this new capability, users will now get an “[Item] Found Moving With You” alert on their device if an unknown Bluetooth tracking device is seen moving with them over time, regardless of the platform the device is paired with.

If a user gets such an alert on their iOS device, it means that someone else’s AirTag, Find My accessory, or other industry specification-compatible Bluetooth tracker is moving with them. It’s possible the tracker is attached to an item the user is borrowing, but if not, iPhone can view the tracker’s identifier, have the tracker play a sound to help locate it, and access instructions to disable it. Bluetooth tag manufacturers including Chipolo, eufy, Jio, Motorola, and Pebblebee have committed that future tags will be compatible.

AirTag and third-party Find My network accessories were designed from the beginning with industry-first privacy and safety protections, and Apple has remained committed to innovating and supplementing these protections to keep consumers safe. This cross-platform collaboration — also an industry first, involving community and industry input — offers instructions and best practices for manufacturers, should they choose to build unwanted tracking alert capabilities into their products. Apple and Google will continue to work with the Internet Engineering Task Force via the Detecting Unwanted Location Trackers working group to develop the official standard for this technology.

No more at the link.

The "Detecting Unwanted Location Trackers" link is to an IETF draft specification.
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Apple and Google deliver support for unwanted tracking alerts in iOS and Android (Original Post) usonian May 14 OP
I may have a small problem with this fix ThoughtCriminal May 14 #1


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1. I may have a small problem with this fix
Tue May 14, 2024, 10:25 PM
May 14

I frequently travel by train and keep an air tag in my luggage, which is either at my seat or in the luggage racks on the same car that I am travelling in. If I get up to go to the dining car or observation car/cafe, I can't really take my bag with me.

So now I'm worried that when I leave the proximity of my bag, many of my fellow passengers are going to get "Found Moving With You" alerts on their phones, leading to concern, unnecessary searches, and frustration.

I guess my work-around will have to be to remove the tag when travelling by train - which is unfortunate since bag tracking is one of the main benefits to having the device.

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