Not even high tech sex toys are safe.
According to reports, a company that makes hi-tech, app-based sex toys was spying on how its customers were using the toys during their most intimate times, it has agreed to pay almost $4 million to settle a lawsuit.
Data collection scandal:
Last week, Fortune reported that as the result of a class-action lawsuit filed in Illinois, customers who used the smartphone app linked with “We-Vibe Classic” and “Rave by We-Vibe” vibrators will be paid up to $10,000 each.
The sex toys allow a partner to control the features of the vibrator via Bluetooth and the app, they retail for up to $149.
During the hacking conference, Def Con last year, it came to light that the Canadian sex toy maker was collecting data regarding how customers used the vibrators, which prompted two people to file the lawsuit against the We-Vibe company.
According to Fortune, the smartphone app sent information to the company’s servers about the usage; including temperature, the vibration intensity the owners used the vibrators at, and how frequently they were used
Outside parties haven’t been able to hack this personal information, according to the company.
Improving the security for future users:
In a statement, We-Vibe’s parent company, Standard Innovation said: “We are pleased to have reached a fair and reasonable settlement in this matter. At Standard Innovation we take customer privacy and data security seriously. We have enhanced our privacy notice, increased app security, provided customers more choice in the data they share, and we continue to work with leading privacy and security experts to enhance the app.”
According to the settlement details, customers who purchased a We-Vibe device, but did not use the app, will receive up to $199.