Man jailed for using AirTag to track ex-lover’s car

A British man, Christopher Paul Trotman, 41, has been sentenced to nine weeks in jail after he used Apple’s AirTags to track his ex-lover’s car.

According to the U.K.’s Daily Mail, Trotman and his ex-lover ended their relationship in 2020. In March 2022, Trotman’s ex-lover got a new iPhone, and she received an AirTag notification asking her to connect to her phone.

Although she initially refused the requests, she became suspicious after her daughter also received AirTag notifications and a tracker was eventually found in the rear bumper of her car.

The problem was reported to police, who eventually traced it back to Trotman, who initially denied the allegations but later admitted stalking his ex-lover.

According to the Daily Mail, the AirTag “would beep when it was near his phone.” However, as AirTag does not work like this, police most likely used the Find My App on his iPhone to prove that the AirTag was his.

Trotman’s lawyer said his client now believes the stalking action was “misguided in the extreme.”

AirTag is a tracking device developed by Apple. AirTag is designed to act as a key finder to help people find personal items.

The sources for this piece include an article in AppleInsider.

IT World Canada Staff
IT World Canada Staff
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