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Apple, Google Partner to Combat Creepy Tracking Tactics


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An Apple AirTag.

The concept also has the backing of Samsung, which sells the most Android smartphones worldwide, as well as tracking products similar to the AirTag such as Tile, Chipolo, and Pebblebee.

Credit: Amazon.com

Apple and Google have jointly proposed to the Internet Engineering Steering Group new standards for combatting clandestine surveillance through Bluetooth object-tracking devices like Apple's AirTag.

Apple and AirTag hope to have a plan to foil stealth tracking ready by year's end, with the solution to be circulated via iPhone and Android phone updates.

Erica Olsen at the National Network to End Domestic Violence's Safety Net Project said she believes the initiative will help protect abuse survivors and others targeted by stealth technology.

Olsen said the new standards “will minimize opportunities for abuse of this technology and decrease the burden on survivors in detecting unwanted trackers."

From Associated Press
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