Makers of Popular Sex Toy Sued for “Spying” on Users
March 16, 2017
WASHINGTON, DC – Americans were alarmed to learn last week that the CIA can remotely activate the cameras and microphones on smartphones and televisions to watch them without their consent.
Even when your devices are off, the CIA has the ability to use them to monitor your activity.
Rogue factions of the CIA are known for drug smuggling, human trafficking, pedophilia, unethical psychiatric experimentation, torture, and creating terrorist groups like ISIS.
Thus the news that such people might be watching our families at home was not taken lightly.
With spying already in the headlines, now an unrelated case has surfaced alleging that even a sex toy can be used to monitor your activity.
Though no links have been established to the CIA in this particular case, it illustrates that the concern about being spied upon by appliances and tech devices may no longer be “just a conspiracy theory.”
The makers of one of the most popular and effective vibrators for couples is being accused of spying. If you are one of the 100,000 who used the toy’s app you may be receiving $500 as part of a class action lawsuit, according to reports.
Details from Courthouse News on the case are as follows:
The maker of We-Vibe, a high-tech vibrator that can be controlled remotely via a smartphone app, will pay $3.75 million to settle accusations that it was secretly tracking users’ activities.
On shelves since 2014, We-Vibes can be connected to users’ smartphones with help from the We-Connect app. The product is made by Ottawa-based Standard Innovation.
“Touch the screen to control the vibrations and build intensity,” the vibrator’s instructions say.
“Tease and please with custom vibes you create.
“Turn on your lover when you connect and play together from anywhere in the world.
Build excitement with secure in-app voice, chat and video.”
Lead plaintiff N.P. said she bought herself a $130 We-Vibe, but never realized “that We-Connect monitors and records, in real time, how [purchasers] use the device,” according to the 2016 complaint.
Standard Innovation likewise failed to mention “that it transmits the collected private usage information to its servers in Canada,” the complaint continues.
N.P. claimed customers’ most “intimate details” were at stake, “including the date and time of each use, the vibration intensity level selected by the user, the vibration mode or pattern selected by the user, and incredibly, the email address of We-Vibe customers.”
On Monday, U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall granted preliminary approval of a class settlement in the case.
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