Apple launches AirTag detector app for Android to enhance privacy

FILE PHOTO: The Apple logo at an Apple store in Saint-Herblain near Nantes
A woman walks past the Apple logo in front of an Apple store in Saint-Herblain near Nantes, France, September 16, 2021. REUTERS / Stephane Mahe / File Photo

December 13, 2021

(Reuters) – Apple Inc said on Monday it had launched an Android app to help users scan nearby AirTags or other similar item-tracking devices that may be traveling with them without them. know, to enhance privacy.

The Tracker Detect app, released by Apple on Google’s Play Store, says that users can scan to try to find AirTags or compatible devices if they believe someone is using it to track their location. surname.

AirTags are small devices that can be attached to items such as keys and wallets to locate them when they are lost.

Apple says the app allows Android users to proactively scan for item trackers that are no longer with their owners. If such a tracker has been traveling with the user for more than 10 minutes, the app will help locate it by playing a sound and providing instructions to disable it.

“We’re pushing the boundaries of privacy for our users and industry, and we hope others will follow,” an Apple spokesperson said.

(Reporting by Akash Sriram in Bengaluru; Editing by Ramakrishnan M.) Apple launches AirTag detector app for Android to enhance privacy

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