Google and Apple disclosed on Tuesday that they were collaborating to reduce intrusive surveillance of individuals by Bluetooth devices such as AirTags used to retrieve lost products.
The firms have collaborated on a drafting specification that will compel all Bluetooth location-tracking devices to notify consumers of any unauthorised tracking on both iOS and Android smartphones.
The firms stated that feedback from device manufacturers, as well as other safety and advocacy groups, has been incorporated into the specs and that they have the cooperation of corporations like Samsung Electronics and consumer electronics company Tile.
AirTags have been used for illicit or malevolent reasons, according to privacy experts and law enforcement.
AirTags are designed to be put into or attached to keys, wallets, backpacks, and other objects so that they can be found if they go misplaced.
Apple and Google both said earlier this year that they will prohibit the use of location tracking in apps that employ a contact tracking system to assist slow the spread of the coronavirus.