The New York City Police Department announced Monday that an Apple AirTag was found under the hood of a marked police car in Queens.
A small tracking device that connects to Apple’s “Find My” network was found in a police car in a small plastic bag on Sunday.
In response to the finding, NYPD Housing Commissioner Martine Materasso reminded the agency to be vigilant during inspections of marked vehicles, given the anti-police attacks occurring across the country. , to be inspected before and after the officer’s tour.
“In light of the anti-police sentiment not only seen here but across the United States, please be on high alert,” Materasso wrote in an email to officers, according to the New York Daily News.
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“Please continue to look out for each other and stay safe,” continued Materasso.
Apple announced last year that it was working with law enforcement to avoid “unwanted tracking” using AirTags.
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“AirTag is not designed to track people or their belongings, but to help find personal items, and we condemn the malicious use of our products as strongly as possible,” Apple said. said in a February statement. “Unwanted tracking has long been a social problem, and we took this concern seriously in the AirTag design.”
Misuse of AirTags is rare, according to the company, but “one instance is too many.”
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“Every AirTag has a unique serial number, and paired AirTags are associated with an Apple ID. Apple will, in response to a subpoena or valid request from law enforcement, We can provide details on the “We were successful in partnering with them in a case where they used the information we provided to trace his AirTag to the culprit, apprehend and prosecute the culprit.”