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There's a new @fdroidorg app called protecting you from being tracked by AirTags.

It scans your surroundings for devices that someone might have put into your pocket to track you via 's surveillance network and alerts you if a device is following you.

Download it here: 🔗

@datenschutzratgeber @fdroidorg I've just tried it but it won't open properly (black screen and app freezes) on may phone.

@meena @datenschutzratgeber @fdroidorg

On my side it only requires location (for advanced Wi-Fi + Bluetooth if I understand correctly) and running in the background, this doesn't seem like a lot.

@dreeg @meena @fdroidorg Yeah, that's not a lot. Also, it's an open-source app so I wouldn't worry that much. (I mean, it has been checked by the F-Droid people too.)

@meena @datenschutzratgeber @fdroidorg the 'approximate location' permission is required to do anything with bluetooth, since it's possible to get a vague sense of where someone is from nearby bluetooth device identifiers [and cross-referencing]

there is also, like, a map, so the rest of the location permissions seem to make sense to me

'have full network access' doesn't *need* to be there looks like the dev has some 'how many users' stats

the rest are so the app stays awake while you are out

The permissions are OK, we've checked that in our review. Network is for optional (and opt-in, so by default off) statistics. During the on-device test, there was no network activity at all.
@meena @datenschutzratgeber

AirTags are designed to be found using Apple’s Find My network, which leverages all the iDevices in circulation. Yours, your neighbor’s, people in the subway, … so that wherever your AirTag is, you can find it.
@datenschutzratgeber @fdroidorg


If someone wants to track you, they may place an AirTag they own in your bag or something like that.
Your iPhone would alert you if it detected a “foreign” AirTag following you without its owner’s device in proximity. But android devices don’t have this protection.

I hope it clarifies the use case of this app 😊
@datenschutzratgeber @fdroidorg

@zaivala @datenschutzratgeber @fdroidorg AirTags are tracked by every iPhone that is in reach of the tag, therefore you can be tracked if anybody slips one in your pocket. So unless you are never near any iPhone, the app is useful ;)

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