Irish actress Hannah Rose May says she was followed by someone with an Apple device for two hours before being notified.
The Meath-born actress, who starred in US TV series Ballers, claimed she was stalked by an AirTag on a recent visit to Disneyland.
The tiny device was designed by Apple to attach to items like keys or luggage that can be tracked with an iPhone.
But the 29-year-old actress has taken to social media to share the horrifying story of how the device was used to illegally track her movements without her knowledge.
She wrote on Twitter: “On Saturday night I was fitted with an Apple AirTag to track my location. I’m sharing what happened to me so you know what to look for.”
Actress and comics writer May, who now lives in Los Angeles, described attending a late night event at Disneyland that lasted until 2am.
She said, “At the end of the night I got a ‘Find My’ notification that I didn’t think about but opened it anyway and it turned out that … someone had been following me for two hours.”
May shared a screenshot of the notification she received, showing that she was being followed by the owner of the AirTag.
The actress said she could see where she was being followed from and luckily she was able to disable the tracker before driving home.
She issued urgent advice to others who may be persecuted.
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She said: “If you ever get a ‘Find My’ notification, make sure you open the app right away because the security warning won’t appear on the screen, you’ll need to open the app. For non-iPhone users, Apple created an app for Android called Tracker Detect for exactly this reason.”
She continued, “AirTags are the size of a coin. It’s scary how easily they can be slipped into a pocket or purse. Originally created to find your keys, it’s obvious they’re being used for more bad than good.
“The happiest place on earth could easily have turned into my worst nightmare.”
According to the official Apple websiteFor example, a feature called Precision Finding can show the AirTag owner the exact distance and direction to find the “lost” item that was attached to the AirTag.
A statement released earlier this year by Apple about its use of Airtags to track people said, “AirTag was designed to help people locate their personal belongings, not to track people or someone else’s property, and we strongly condemn any malicious use of our products.”
And the tech giant revealed it has been working with law enforcement to ensure AirTag is used safely.
A spokesperson told British publication The Independent that several “improvements” will be added by the end of 2022, including precision search, a display alert with sound, refinement of the tracking alert logic and adjustment of the tone sequence to use more of the loudest tones around one make unknown AirTag easier to find.
The spokesperson added: “We will continue to listen to feedback and innovate. We have built a tunable deterrent system that we aim to improve over time.”
It’s not the first time the device has been misused.
For example, in December 2021, a woman named Ellie Tindall told dem News 3 channel that she realized she was being followed when she found an AirTag on her car while helping her friend move.
Another woman named Jeana, 28, also posted on Twitter about her experience of being tracked with an AirTag after a night out with friends at a bar.
A police officer has also been charged for using the device to track his ex-girlfriend.
Meanwhile, a 26-year-old swimwear model named Brooks Nader spoke of her ordeal at being stalked after realizing an AirTag had been slipped into her bag at a bar in New York City.
https://www.thesun.ie/tech/9056335/irish-actress-urgent-warning-tracked-apple-airtag/ The Irish actress is issuing an urgent warning after she was “stalked” by someone using Apple AirTag to track her