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TikToker says Apple AirTag followed her from car to bar — home

TikToker Erika Torres received a notification on her iPhone saying an “unknown accessory” was “discovered” near her phone on December 10. When she tried to get more information about the accessory and even tried disabling it, her phone “couldn’t connect to the server.”

“I immediately recognized this from all the viral TikToks I’ve seen about women finding AirTags and other tracking devices planted on their furniture or cars,” Torres said on a TikTok she posted last month. “I checked all my clothes, my belongings, my wallet. I wasn’t able to find it. ”

She shows on the map that the device has tracked her from her parked car, to the bar she went to, and then driving home. After calling the police, she was asked to tell them if “someone hurt” her.

“I was so angry,” she said on TikTok. “I feel confused.”

It has received almost a million views.

Torrres’ TikTok tracks many horror stories about women that are followed via AirTags. TikToker @ angel.edge95 received a notification that an “unknown accessory” had “accompanied” her for “some time.” Her iPhone also warned that the owner of the accessory had access to its location. She shared that a friend’s sister was tracked through an AirTag placed under her license plate, and people commenting on her video shared that they had a similar experience. .

The New York Times This week it was reported that unlike the police department that Torres has dealt with, law enforcement agencies in the US and Canada are pursuing investigations into AirTags tags placed in and out of cars without their owners. didn’t know.

Torres keeps updating her followers on her situation with follow up TikToks and videos about her Youtube Channel, the second of which was introduced in Times‘ Report.

In an interview via Instagram Direct Messages with the Daily Dot, Torres said that after speaking with Apple, the “general consensus” was that the message she received was a “glitch”, which she acknowledged. that she was still confused.

“However, I know of many DID individuals who find AirTags planted on them so I wish there was a way to find out more,” she told the Daily Dot. “Is the notification an issue or is it something really spying on you.”

An Apple spokesperson told Times that “if users feel their safety is at risk, they are encouraged to contact local law enforcement, who may work with Apple to make any information available to them.” about unspecified AirTag.” But Torres sees it differently.

“I am very disappointed with the police and Apple,” she told the Daily Dot. “I understand now that the police are not trained to deal with this kind of thing.”

And despite the different experiences people have had with the ability to follow AirTag, viral TikToks, videos of Torres and TimesAll the reports focus on one thing: The helplessness iPhone users feel when they receive a notification that an unknown device is tracking their location.

Torres told the Daily Dot: “My heart goes out to all the women (and men) that are dealing with this. “I hope we can find the answer.”

The Daily Dot contacted Apple.

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*First published: January 1, 2022, 1:52 p.m. CST

Tricia Crimmins

Tricia Crimmins is a journalist and comedian based in New York City. She is studying at Columbia School of Journalism and is a regular contributor to the Daily Dot. Previously, she wrote for Mashable, Complex Networks and Moment magazine. She can be found on Twitter at @TriciaCrimmins.

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