First law proposed that specifically targets misuse of AirTag by stalkers

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in General Discussion edited January 26
While stalking is illegal in general, new legislation proposed in Pennsylvania would specifically make misuse of Apple's AirTag punishable by law.

AirTag is a tracking device for finding misplaced objects
AirTag is a tracking device for finding misplaced objects


The legislation proposed by House member John Galloway is a direct reaction to all of the reports surrounding abuse and stalking related to AirTag. Even though Apple didn't invent stalking, the effectiveness of the Find My network and the popularity of Apple have shined a spotlight on technology abuse.

According to Pennsylvania house documentation, and first spotted by 9to5 Mac, the measure would seek to prohibit AirTags from being used outside of their intended use as a locator for misplaced personal items.

"Since Apple AirTags were introduced in April 2021, I have seen many articles about predators placing AirTags onto victims' vehicles, purses and even coat pockets to track their location," said Galloway. "The AirTag's precision finding tool should only be used to locate the owner's property, such as keys, wallet, or bookbag, as was the original intention of the product."

This new law would be local to Pennsylvania but would create a precedent for other states to follow suit if passed. Law enforcement can already contact Apple for help identifying a maliciously placed AirTag, but defining the act in legislation puts some weight behind the authorities when pursuing criminals.

Apple has recently updated its Personal User Safety Guide to address some concerns surrounding AirTag. Apple's AirTag is one of the only trackers on the market that tries to warn people of potentially illicit tracking.

Read on AppleInsider

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 5
    It's too bad the pahouse link isn't working - too many people trying it, perhaps?

    Hopefully the law is written more broadly and doesn't just mention AirTags.

    The full quote from rep Galloway on 9to5 Mac implies it will be more broad: "My legislation would protect Pennsylvanians by making sure that this unwarranted act is addressed by updating our Crimes Code to prohibit someone from tracking one’s location or their belongings without consent"

    * Checked a cached copy on Google - it's basically just a news release with the statement as on 9to5 Mac. No link to the actual legislation.
    edited January 26
  • Reply 2 of 5
    Really?

    Not trackers in general (like Tile) but AirTags specifically?

    At least Apple has some mitigating software in place.
    beowulfschmidtwilliamlondon
  • Reply 3 of 5
    Really?

    Not trackers in general (like Tile) but AirTags specifically?

    At least Apple has some mitigating software in place.
    Exactly!  What's being done about all the other trackers that are already being used to stalk?
    williamlondon
  • Reply 4 of 5
    GeorgeBMacGeorgeBMac Posts: 11,421member
    Someone from the PA legislature is doing something sane and intelligent?   How'd that happen?
  • Reply 5 of 5
    Just a little bit of irony:



    Especially when you turn them down: 


    GeorgeBMac
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