The Gaston family of Tennessee, USA, were “terrified, confused, hurt and terrified” after discovering the Apple AirTag had been haunting them for hours at Walt Disney World
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One family claims someone at Walt Disney World tracked their movements by attaching an Apple AirTag to them as they walked through the theme park.
They said they were “startled” to spot the coin-sized device as they returned to their car after a day at the Florida resort.
Mom Jennifer Gaston said they found the AirTag after receiving a notification that an owner had been stalking them.
The Gaston family visited the attraction after traveling from Tennessee, USA, and were concerned for its safety.
Mrs. Gaston told FOX 35 Orlando says they are furious after their daughter Madison saw the tracker following them on a smartphone and was stunned to find out they were being monitored for hours.
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They called the police as they exited Walt Disney World.
“We were scared, we were confused, hurt and scared,” she said. “We literally watched as he followed us from the tram to our vehicle.
“When she refreshed it revealed the AirTag was still in our parking lot, so it kind of fell out as we frantically shook out clothes and tipped everything out of our bags.
“This story could have ended very differently and I praise God that we have the result that we have but that is because she was diligent and aware of what needs to be done.”
Mirror Online has reached out to Walt Disney World for comment.
Apple AirTags are typically used to track personal items but have been hijacked by criminals in the past.
Apple defended the feature earlier this year as security concerns continue to mount.
They said: “AirTag was designed to help people locate their personal belongings, not to track anyone or anyone else’s property, and we strongly condemn any malicious use of our products.
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“Unwanted tracking has long been a societal concern, and we took this concern seriously when designing AirTag.
“That’s why the Find My network is built with privacy in mind, uses end-to-end encryption and why we’ve innovated with the first-ever proactive system to alert you to unwanted tracking. We hope this starts an industry trend for others to offer these types of proactive alerts in their products as well.
“We have come to realize that individuals may receive unwanted tracking alerts for innocuous reasons such as: For example, if they borrow someone else’s keys with an AirTag attached, or if they’re traveling in a car and left a family member’s AirPods inside.
“We have also seen reports of bad actors attempting to use AirTag for malicious or criminal purposes.
“Apple has worked closely with various security groups and law enforcement agencies. Through our own assessments and these discussions, we’ve identified even more ways we can update AirTag security alerts and help protect against further unwanted tracking.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/us-news/family-walt-disney-world-say-26842717 A family at Walt Disney World says someone used Apple AirTag to track them around the theme park