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Apple AirTags used to demonstrate the illegal disposal of homeless people's property in Portland

Apple AirTags are proving a useful tool for many, it seems. (Image source: Nikita Ognev)
Apple AirTags are proving a useful tool for many, it seems. (Image source: Nikita Ognev)
A lawyer has used Apple AirTags to demonstrate that Portland authorities have been illegally disposing of homeless people's belongings. The location tags were attached to 16 items, including a French press.

After MegaLag demonstrated the strengths of AirTags in a few videos, it has emerged that a lawyer has used Apple's trackers to gather evidence against authorities in Portland. According to the Portland Tribune, attorney Michael Fuller used 16 AirTags to prevent homeless people in Laurelhurst Park from being deprived of their possessions.

Fuller attached AirTags to these items before a city contractor cleared said park. Under Oregon State laws, Portland must keep homeless people's property for at least 30 days after enacting these kinds of evictions, provided they are not unsanitary.

Fuller alleges that these items were safe and included a speaker, a French press and two canvas paintings. Reputedly, the same authorities have removed medication from a woman in a previous park sweep, too. Fuller has now brought a suit against Portland to compel the city to provide financial compensation to his clients.

Setting aside the legal and moral questions surrounding this, it is interesting to see people use AirTags in various ways. We doubt that Apple ever imagined people utilising AirTags in this way. However, its location accuracy certainly makes them a more useful tool than many of Apple's competitors.

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Alex Alderson, 2021-08- 6 (Update: 2021-08- 6)