Woman sues – clever – hookup fucktoy maker, claiming it collected data on her use of device and app – GeekWire
Woman sues ‘brainy’ hookup fucktoy maker, claiming it collected data on her use of device and app
by Kurt Schlosser on September 15, two thousand sixteen at Trio:17 pm September 15, two thousand sixteen at Trio:17 pm
The We-Connect app pairs with We-Vibe lovemaking fucktoys. (Via We-Vibe.com)
The makers of a “smart” lovemaking fucktoy are being sued by a user who was unaware that pairing the device with an app on her smartphone could lead to the collection of individual data by the manufacturers.
The lawsuit was filed by an Illinois plaintiff identified in court documents as “N.P.” She’s looking to take on the Canadian company Standard Innovation, makers of the We-Vibe products and the We-Connect app, for allegedly “selling products that secretly collect and transmit very sensitive personally identifiable information about the consumers using them.”
According to the company’s website, users can connect their lovemaking fucktoy with their smartphone and then invite their paramour to connect via the app. “Touch the screen to control the stimulations and build energy,” the site advises. “Swipe to switch modes” and “pinch to adjust force.”
The app also recommends building excitement through the use of secure in-app voice, talk and movie.
In a statement to GeekWire on Thursday, Standard Innovation said, in part, “There’s been no allegation that any of our customers’ data has been compromised. However, given the intimate nature of our products, the privacy and security of our customers’ data is of utmost importance to our company. Accordingly, we take concerns about customer privacy and our data practices earnestly.”
The lawsuit alleges that Standard Innovation designed We-Connect to collect “highly intimate and sensitive data” regarding use of We-Vibe, including date and time of each use and selected stimulation settings.
“N.P.” is worried that transmission of that data to servers in Canada could pose a privacy and security risk. The complaint says that the plaintiff purchased the We-Vibe Rave brand wand for $130 and downloaded the We-Connect app to her phone shortly after. It says she never gave consent to the company to monitor, collect and transmit her usage information.
“Plaintiff would never have purchased a We-Vibe had she known” what the company would do with the data, the complaint says, as “N.P.” seeks damages in a jury trial.
Here is the utter statement from Standard Innovation:
At this time we have not been served and we cannot comment on rumor or speculation. Should we receive extra information, we will review it meticulously and comment at the adequate time.
There’s been no allegation that any of our customers’ data has been compromised. However, given the intimate nature of our products, the privacy and security of our customers’ data is of utmost importance to our company. Accordingly, we take concerns about customer privacy and our data practices earnestly.
Over the course of the last few weeks, we have taken steps to further enhance the data security and privacy measures for our product suggesting. As part of this effort, we have engaged outward security and privacy experts to conduct a thorough review of our data practices with a view of further strengthening data protection and privacy for our customers. We are also committed to better communicating our data practices.
We are updating the We-Connect app later this month, and the update will include fresh in-app communication regarding our privacy and data practices and a fresh feature for consumers to control how their data may be used.
Please refer to the We-Vibe blog for extra details.
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