Privacy by Design vs. Comfort and Ease of Use
Now, I want to make one thing clear, so nobody gets the wrong idea: I am not saying that Apple knowingly and consciously pushes the misuse of technology. After all, the idea behind some of the functions has merit. However, I think that the developers simply haven't given this the degree of thought that would have been appropriate. Whenever a company - whether it's Apple or any other technology provider - breaks new ground in their product portfolio, there always has to be the question of how a new product can be misused.
If a device generates data whose use could pose an immediate danger to other people, a rethink is required. On this topic, there are currently also initial efforts to draft guidelines for development, for example via the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers). IBM has also drafted design principles that shed light on technological development specifically with a view to domestic abuse. Especially when it comes to devices, which for many people are communication platforms, proof of identity, and means of self-representation. For most smartphone owners, the device is one of the most private things one can have. The internationally operating Coalition against Stalkerware has also dedicated itself to the topic of technology-driven abuse and provides extensive information material and practical assistance for those affected and for aid organizations.