Apple: After announcing the launch of tracking tags called AirTags, Apple was soon faced with some criticisms and concerns. After all, the discreet accessory could also be used to control the whereabouts and movement of animals or even people without consent.
In response, the company explained the function of the product a little better in relation to mechanisms that can prevent this criminal use.
According to the 9 to 5 Mac website, your smartphone will alert you if you arrive at frequently visited addresses, such as your home or workplace, carrying an AirTag that is not yours – that is, that is not paired with your cell phone and not even close to the device of the real owner.
Far from perfect
However, this feature has a major limitation: the alert is only issued to those who have an iPhone. In the case of Android, there is simply nothing to do – the maximum signal that the AirTags emit is a noise that serves to be located after three days without pairing with the smartphone of the person responsible for the screening.
Consulted by Fast Company, technical security expert Corbin Streett criticized the long days for an alarm to sound. He is a member of the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), an NGO that seeks to reduce domestic violence rates.
According to the activist, the strategy seems to force the person to have Apple devices to be completely protected from a stalker or abuser – who can even be who is in the same residence, in the case of spying by the husband or wife, for example.
For him, a solution would be an open platform that could be used by other manufacturers, or at least a partnership with Google to expand the anti-surveillance mechanisms in other cell phone models.