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Nowadays, it's easier than ever to locate things we may have left behind accidentally - our phones, laptops, and the list goes on. Thanks to devices with built-in tracking technology or accessories to purchase with these functions, the worry of lost and stolen property isn't as big as it used to be.

However, one piece of tech in particular, Apple's AirTags, is under increasing scrutiny. The "tags" are intended to allow you to keep track of lost and stolen technology by simply attaching one of the tiny devices to whatever you'd like - from a laptop bag to your suitcase and basically anything you wouldn't want to get lost.

Then, you are able to track these items via the company's tracking tool, the Find My app. But, many are beginning to wonder if the concept of this device is completely flawed in itself. Why? The "handy" little trackers are being used against women and expensive cars or property with malicious intent.

On the Apple-focused blog, iMore, Oliver Haslam wrote the following about the product: “ (...) the AirTag is the first of its category that non-tech people care about. It’s the one that your average creep knows exists and is now feeling clever enough to slip into a woman’s bag or stick to a fancy-looking car. They probably never knew trackers existed until Apple made one. The professionals did, sure. But not the run-of-the-mill bad guy. Now they do, and Apple is going to need to help find a fix."

And while Apple cannot be blamed or held accountable for the emergence of digital stalking, one could argue that they are known for taking a product, popularising it, and thus greatly increasing its use - could it be said that the tech firm has opened a whole new Pandora's box?

Have you heard of such tracking devices before?

Did you already worry about how they could be misused?

Do you think there is a potential solution to the problem?

Would you say that the convenience such devices bring outweigh the negatives that come along with them?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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Toluna Team
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J8342270v83

  hace 3 meses
Definitely agree with others apple need to put safeguarding in place. Really good for finding your things-great idea. Think they are going to get misused alot, with the lowlifes on this planet.
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G2810572f

  hace 3 meses
it is handy if you want to keep pets safe.
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L7191410r71

  hace 3 meses
It's quite scary. The lengths that people might go to to stalk people. Apple need to put safeguarding measures in place.
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b5660336n56

  hace 3 meses
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junio1963

  hace 3 meses
Not something I would think of using, I would feel I was being tagged
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Hawksmoor

  hace 4 meses
The rise in tech companies aiding control freakery of all kinds is one of the banes of modern life.
Thanks to Apple & Co., our bosses can now reach us day and night, our family can monitor our every thought, and our sexual partners and ex-partners can track our whereabouts. It's unhealthy, it's claustrophobic, and it's sinister.
I am only too glad im 52 and retired from the dating/sex demi-monde ;) I would loathe to be a teenager, particularly a teenage girl, these days. Constant pressure, constant monitoring, no privacy, no rest or peace from digital devices and desires....
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E8577159v85

  hace 4 meses
the moments
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E8577159v85

  hace 4 meses
i agree like
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jadevb

  hace 4 meses
I heard about this , Trackers, making stalkers lives easier by the day ahahahaha! I love the concept though.
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elainealexander699

  hace 4 meses
Another in a long line of disappointing mis-uses of useful products.
Humans, eh?
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