Apple and Google launch unwanted location tracking detection for iPhone and Android

This post was originally published on Neowin

Source: Apple

iPhone’s latest software update iOS 17.5 is now available to download, and with it, comes the ability to warn you about unwanted location trackers you don’t own traveling with you. Apple and Google joined hands to develop an industry specification that allows Android and iOS devices to help prevent misuse of Bluetooth-based location trackers.

The specification titled “Detecting Unwanted Location Trackers” makes it possible to notify users across Android and iOS if a Bluetooth-enabled tracker is being used to track them without their knowledge.

Apple announced in a blog post that it is “implementing this capability in iOS 17.5, and Google is now launching this capability on Android 6.0+ devices.” The Cupertino giant will continue working with Google to develop an official standard for this technology.

An alert about an unwanted tracking device could look like, “[Item] Found Moving With You.”

These tracking notifications can work regardless of the operating system the tracking device is paired with. In other words, an iPhone can show alerts about a Bluetooth tracker paired with an Android device, view the tracker’s identifier, play sound to locate it, and access instructions to disable it, if required.

It works with AirTags, Find My network

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