A DREAM trip to Walt Disney World turned into a nightmare for a family after their daughter realized she was being tracked by an Apple AirTag for about four hours.
Madison Gaston, 17, received a notification on her iPhone that her movements were being tracked.
From 7:09 p.m. to 11:33 p.m., the tracker had apparently logged everywhere in the theme park where she had been, right down to where they had parked their car.
Despite a desperate search, they never found the tiny device and believe it fell out in the panic.
“We were scared, we were confused, hurt and scared,” said mom Jennifer Gaston of Tennessee Fox 35 Orlando.
“She [Madison] literally watched it follow us from the tram to our vehicle.
“It showed the first target it was spotted on her, then it basically draws a line and makes the connections of the points where she had been.”
Apple AirTags are designed to help people easily find items like their keys, but the gadget has been tarnished by controversy since its launch a year ago.
There have been numerous reports of people being followed and thieves using them to follow high-end cars.
The tech giant was forced to make several security updates.
Recently, Apple rolled out louder warning sound when one is detected near you.
Jennifer and Madison locked themselves in their car when they couldn’t find the device and quickly drove away.
But when the teen checked her phone to see where the AirTag was, it showed it was still in the parking lot.
“When she brushed it up, it revealed the AirTag was still in our parking lot, so it kind of fell out as we frantically shook out clothes and dumped everything out of our bags,” Jennifer added.
They reported this to the police, but without the AirTag as evidence, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office could not record this as a criminal offense.
How to see if an AirTag is tracking you
Apple’s Find My feature is designed to send you a notification to your Apple device if an unwanted AirTag is tracking you.
To get these notifications, you need to make sure location services, find my iphone and Major Locations are turned on.
You can find these under settingsfollowed by privacy and location services.
In addition, Bluetooth must be switched on.
Android devices need to download the Tracker Detect app.
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