Woman ‘nausea’ after finding Apple tracking device hidden under her license plate

A woman has claimed that she discovered that a tracking device had been attached to her car without her knowledge when she was filming herself while furiously searching the vehicle for it.

The woman, named only Kayla, posted a video on her TikTok account, @kaylamalecc, explaining that she was notified about AirTag – an Apple device – because her iPhone sent her a warning.

In the clip, which has had more than 7 million views since October 20 and can be seen here, she said: “So someone put an AirTag on my car. I got the message last night that there was an Air Tag in motion with “So, yes, someone has put an AirTag, a damn tracking device, on my car. So I want to look around in my car.”

She displays her phone screen where the message reads: “AirTag found moving with you. The location of this AirTag can be seen by the owner.”

Visibly startled, she starts searching the outside of her car and says, “A place people told me to look is behind my license plate.”

She diligently examines the vehicle and looks in her tires, vents, wipers, door handles and even in the trunk lock.

Kayla added: “I know AirTags are white and I feel like white would stick out on a black car.”

Next, she decides to give the car’s interior a go-over. Without success, she goes back to her starting point, the license plate, where she discovers that something is wrong.

She finds the tracker and says, “So I think I want to cry more than I found it, my chest feels like that’s it, my heart feels like it’s coming out of my throat.”

She films the small cavity – behind her license plate holder – and shows a touch of white.

Kayla said, “So someone, while I was parking somewhere, came to my car and stuck it in this little thing … they put it in my license plate thing.

“And I would never have seen it, but a little bit of white penetrated.”

She confirmed that she stopped AirTag from sharing her location, but was not sure what to do with the device or whether to go to the police.

“I feel like I’m going to throw up. Like I’m really nauseous right now, nauseous that someone put a tracker on my car to track me down.”

Kayla, who lives an hour and a half from Chicago, later shared a follow-up video in which she claimed she had talked to police and Apple and neither of them had been able to find the owner of the AirTag.

Photo from Apple's press release showing AirTags.
Photo from Apple’s press release showing AirTags. The tracks were released earlier this year and are intended to help people find items such as keys.
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AirTags was unveiled by the technology giant in April, designed as a way to “easily locate the elements that matter most.”

An Apple press release issued at the time reflects Kayla’s experience, saying: “Communication with the Find My network is end-to-end encrypted so that only the owner of a device has access to its location data and no one, including Apple, knows the identity or location of any device that helped locate it. “

The press release explained how the AirTag technology would deter people from using it for unintentional reasons – such as in Kayla’s situation.

Apple said: “AirTag is also designed with a set of proactive anti-tracking features, an industry first. Bluetooth signal identifiers transmitted by AirTag often rotate to prevent unwanted location tracking.

iOS devices can also detect an AirTag that is not with its owner and notify the user if an unknown AirTag is seen traveling with them from place to place over time. And even if users do not have an iOS device, an AirTag , which is separated from its owner for an extended period of time, will play a sound when it is moved to make it known.

“If a user detects an unknown AirTag, they can tap it with their iPhone or NFC-compatible device, and instructions will guide them to disable the unknown AirTag.”

Despite these assurances, TikTok users commenting on Kayla’s video were shocked by the device’s anonymity.

MakeupMandy said, “Dear @Apple, why don’t you make these traceable. They have to make the people who put them on someone’s cars responsible.”

Taphouse Stan wrote: “Apple made a big mistake in making AirTags.”

Taylah wrote: “They really have to remember these things, it’s happening way too much.”

In September, another woman, TikToker @_ashleyscarlett, found herself in an almost identical situation.

Ashley also found an Apple AirTag behind her license plate after receiving a message that one had been discovered near her.

“I’m literally shaking,” she said in the first of a series of clips as she searched for the tracker.

She used her phone to get the tracker to play a sound and followed the noise until she found the device.

Commentators on Kayla’s video said she could have done the same, and anyone else looking for an unwanted tracker could use this method if they are unable to find the device.

Newsweek has contacted Kayla and Apple for a comment.

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