PA lawmakers approve anti-stalking legislation targeting AirTag


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Pennsylvania state representatives have pushed forward a second piece of legislation that would penalize the unauthorized use of Bluetooth trackers, like AirTag, to track someone.

There’s no shortage of instances where someone discovered they were being tracked without their knowledge via AirTag. While the $29 coin-sized trackers have proven useful when retrieving lost luggage, it’s also proven too tempting for those with nefarious intentions.

On Tuesday, the House of Representatives in Pennsylvania voted overwhelmingly in favor of a bill that would add using a tracking device to secretly follow someone to the state’s existing stalking laws. The new law would classify this behavior as a third-degree misdemeanor, which could result in up to 90 days of imprisonment.

The legislation will now make its way to the state senate for further consideration.

This isn’t the first time Pennsylvania has introduced such legislation either. As AP News points out, there’s currently a separate bill pending that would make the crime a second-degree misdemeanor.

It’s not clear which bill will get the go-ahead, if any.

Pennsylvania isn’t the only state with this on their minds. In May 2022, Ohio introduced legislation that would prohibit using a tracking device on another person’s property without their consent.

In the event that your iPhone tells you that an AirTag is following you, AppleInsider has a helpful guide to help you determine what the best course of action is.

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