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Bluetooth tracker company Tile has launched a new security measure that will effectively make its devices invisible to stalkers, thieves, and any other bad actors.

It’s called Anti-Theft Mode (Opens in a new tab)It works by making the company’s trackers “undetectable by scanning and secure,” a feature in its own Tile app that allows iOS and Android users to “discover nearby Tiles.” With this new mode, the only person who knows where their device is at all times is the Tile owner.

Check and Lock was originally supposed to help people find lost or missing items. But then people started Misuse of other Bluetooth trackers, such as Apple AirTags, to stalk people. So Tile created the feature in response to abuse as well as the recent spike in theft rates. The idea behind the latter is that you’ll be able to more easily “recover stolen valuables by making it harder for thieves to know an item is being tracked,” according to the ad.

Anti-Theft mode begins rolling out today and will be available to all users over the coming weeks. However, to use this feature, you will have to go through a fairly strict verification process.

aggressive approach

Before activating anti-theft mode, Tile will require users to register a government-issued ID card to their account and send a biometric scan to confirm their identity. Users will also have to accept new terms of service that allow the company to give up their information to authorities if they are caught abusing tracking devices for stalking. This is done at Tile’s discretion as it will assist with any ongoing investigations, all without a subpoena. Furthermore, the company states that it will fine people convicted of using its tracking devices to stalk people up to $1 million.

Tile takes a very aggressive approach to making sure no one abuses its tracking devices for nefarious means. The company says it takes a “very collaborative stance with law enforcement” and is embracing these proactive measures as a way to deter bad actors. even criticize Apple’s latest anti-stalking update for its AirTag by calling it “inadequate to protect victims.” For those who don’t know, iPhones will send a notification telling users if an unknown AirTag is detected on their person. The AirTag will also start making a loud noise so you can find it.


We have many questions regarding the anti-theft mode.

like TechCrunch points it out (Opens in a new tab)However, Tile’s “extremely collaborative” attitude with the authorities is highly questionable. It is unknown if the company will fully comply with due process. He is, after all, willing to give up user information to the police without a subpoena or even a court order. Also, how can a convicted individual be “fined” one million dollars, and why that amount? We’re assuming this is some kind of lawsuit and not an actual fine from the government.

It’s understandable why Tile would want to protect its user base, but suing people $1 million for breaching the Terms of Service is a bit extreme. We reached out to a company representative to clarify these two questions and more. This story will be updated at a later date if we hear back.

If you’re in the market for cybersecurity services with a less aggressive approach, be sure to check out TechRadar’s List of the best privacy tools for 2023.


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