Apple, Google Launch Spy Protection Feature

Apple and Google Collaborate to Launch New Feature Detecting Unwanted Trackers

Apple and Google announced the introduction of a new function that alerts iOS and Android users when a Bluetooth tracker is being used for surveillance without their consent.

The Detecting Unwanted Trackers (DULT) feature is now available on Android devices running version 6.0 and above, as well as iOS devices with version 17.5 and above. This new specification aims to combat unauthorized tracking of personal items.

With DULT, users will receive a notification on their device indicating “device moves with you” if an unknown Bluetooth tracker moves with them for a certain period, irrespective of the associated platform.

Users, regardless of their operating system, can view the tracker identifier, play a sound to locate it, and receive instructions on how to disconnect it. Major Bluetooth tracker manufacturers such as Chipolo, Eufy, Jio, Motorola, and Pebblebee have committed to ensuring compatibility of their future products with the new DULT specification.

Apple and Google have also mentioned their ongoing collaboration with the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) to establish an official DULT standard, demonstrating their commitment to enhancing user privacy and security.

/Reports, release notes, official announcements.