So my son and I were discussing AirTags and if they could be used for creepy tracking. He has very small children and is concerned that AirTags create a chance for someone to place it on/in his kids “stuff” and track them back to where they live. For example from school or daycare to their house.
So we took my wife’s AirTag from her key ring and put it in his car. We were at the same location, a movie theater in a neighboring town. He left and went home, we did the same. On the way home my wife watched as her tag moved along the route he took home, then when he parked in his garage it told her the exact address her tag was located.
This took about 30 minutes, the tag didn’t make a noise, it did not alert him to it’s presence for 3 1/2 hours, when he got a notice on his phone that a tag not belonging to him was somewhere in his presence. We left the tag there overnight, we didn’t click “lost” in Find My but still, this tag didn’t alert him to it’s presence in his vehicle for 3 1/2 hours. That seems like a long time and a dangerous security vulnerability. Also, my daughter in law has an iPhone and it never alerted her phone that a tag was nearby at all.
I have 4 tags, but not sure I want to support this product if it is so easily usable for creepy stalking actions like this.