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In a first, ex-partner uses Apple AirTag to stalk Ahmedabad woman: Device found hidden under car seat

Tech has alot of benefits for sure but to use it the correct way is always in the consumers hand. There have been multiple cases of AirTag stalking in US and other countries but this was the first time it happened in India.

In the concerning incident, the Ahmedabad cyber cell has filed a report against an individual who used an Apple AirTag to stalk a woman. This small, coin-sized Bluetooth device is typically designed to help locate valuable items and gadgets. However, it was misused in this case for tracking and harassing purposes.

Police said that the accused responsible for the stalking happens to be the complainant’s former partner who has been bothering her for several months. This person used the AirTag to keep tabs on her, even tracking her location and phone calls. Police have registered a case against this individual under Indian Penal Code (IPC) Section 354 D for stalking and the Information and Technology Act’s Section 66E for invading privacy.

The mystery behind this case began when the complainant, a woman from Ahmedabad, started getting strange messages on her iPhone in May. These messages said things like “AirTag Found Moving With You,” and they made her feel uneasy.

Days later, while driving from home to her office, she received a similar message. Her driver and daughter also received similar messages on their iPhones. In August, she got another alert while heading to work. At one point, her driver clicked on the notification, and it revealed, “Your location can be seen by the owner of this AirTag.”

She decided to seek help from police and the cyber cell in Ahmedabad. To locate the device, she went to the car service station and found the AirTag glued under the seat cover behind the driver’s seat.

As per the Deccan Herald, the suspect, identified as the victim’s former partner, had allegedly been tormenting her for an extended period. This incident underlines the critical need for stringent vigilance and legislative action against such technological misuse.

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