Family say DisneyWorld used Apple AirTag to track them around theme park

The family at Walt Disney World says someone used an Apple AirTag to track them at the amusement park

The Gaston family from Tennessee, US, felt “terrified, confused, hurt and scared” after discovering that Apple AirTag had been tracking them for hours at Walt Disney World.

The family says they were tracked down and left, fearing for their safety

One family claims that someone at Walt Disney World tracked their movements by placing an Apple AirTag on them while they were walking around the theme park.

They said they were “terrified” at discovering the coin-sized device when they got back in their car after a day at a Florida resort.

Mother Jennifer Gaston said they found AirTag after receiving a notification that the owner was tracking them.

The Gaston family was visiting the attraction after making the trip from Tennessee, USA, and they were left worried for their safety.

Ms Gaston told FOX 35 Orlando they were furious after her daughter Madison saw the tracker tracking them on a smartphone and was stunned to learn they had been watching for hours.

The family says they had no choice but to call the police after visiting Walt Disney World


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They called the police when they left Walt Disney World.

“We were terrified, confused, hurt and scared,” she said. “We literally watched her follow us off the tram all the way back to our car.

“While updating it, it showed that the AirTag was still in our parking lot, so somehow when we were frantically getting dressed and shoving everything out of our bags, it just fell off.

“This story could have ended differently and I praise God for making our conclusion, but that’s because she was diligent and aware of what to do.”

AirTag has been criticized but Apple has defended the product


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Mirror Online has contacted Walt Disney World for comment.

Apple AirTags are usually used to track personal belongings but they have been hijacked by criminals in the past.

Apple defended the job earlier this year as safety concerns continued to grow.

They said: “AirTag is designed to help people locate their personal property, not to track people or someone else’s property, and we condemn in the strongest possible terms any malicious use of our products.

Daughter Madison found the device while leaving the park


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“Unwanted tracking has always been a societal problem, and we took this interest very seriously in designing AirTag.

“This is why Find My Network was built with privacy in mind, using end-to-end encryption, and why we came up with the first ever proactive system to alert you of unwanted tracking. Hopefully, this industry trend of others will also start offering these kinds of proactive warnings in their products.”

“We’ve realized that individuals can receive unwanted tracking alerts for benign reasons, such as when borrowing someone’s keys with an AirTag attached, or when traveling in a car with a family member’s AirPods left inside.

“We have also seen reports of bad actors trying to misuse AirTag for malicious or criminal purposes.

“Apple works closely with many safety groups and law enforcement agencies. Through our evaluations and these discussions, we’ve identified more ways we can update AirTag security warnings and help protect against further unwanted tracking.”

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