Apple and Google Launch Cross-Platform Feature to Detect Unwanted Bluetooth Tracking Devices


Apple and Google on Monday officially announced the rollout of a new feature that notifies users across both iOS and Android if a Bluetooth tracking device is being used to stealthily keep tabs on them without their knowledge or consent.

“This will help mitigate the misuse of devices designed to help keep track of belongings,” the companies said in a joint statement, adding it aims to address “potential risks to user privacy and safety.”

The proposal for a cross-platform solution was originally unveiled exactly a year ago by the two tech giants.

The capability – dubbed “Detecting Unwanted Location Trackers” (DULT) – is available in Android devices running versions 6.0 and later, and iOS devices with iOS 17.5, which was officially shipped yesterday.

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