News 'Smart' Vibrator Leads to Cutting-Edge Privacy Class Action

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    'Smart' Vibrator Leads to Cutting-Edge Privacy Class Action

    An Illinois woman is bringing a federal class action suit against the maker of her vibrator, which can be operated through a smartphone app. She claims the company designed the device to collect and record the date and time of each use, along with her selected setting and her email address.

    The woman, identified only as N.P., sued Ontario-based Standard Innovation Corp. last week in U.S. District Court in Chicago. The suit claims violations of various state and federal laws, and one law professor has even suggested the possibility of a rape by trickery charge.

    The complaint says SIC is a "sensual lifestyle products" company that sells a high-end vibrator called the We-Vibe. To operate the We-Vibe, "users download defendant's 'We-Connect' application from the Apple App Store or the Google Play store and install it on their smartphones," it states.

    The app allows a user and her partner, through a "connect lover" feature, to operate the vibrator by remote control using their smartphones, even when they are physically separated. The touch screen allows the users to control the type, frequency and intensity of vibrations through 10 modes on a promised "secure connection."

    The suit says the "defendant fails to notify or warn customers that We-Connect monitors and records, in real time, how they use the device. Nor does defendant disclose that it transmits the collected private usage information to its servers in Canada."

    Neither the company nor its counsel immediately returned a message seeking comment.

    The complaint accuses SIC of violating the U.S. Wiretap Act, the Illinois Eavesdropping Statute, and the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practice Act. It also says these violations constitute intrusion upon seclusion in Illinois, as well as unjust enrichment on their profits.

    It seeks as injunction to prohibit SIC from intercepting and recording We-Vibe user information, an order requiring the company to destroy all such information in its possession, plus unspecified actual and punitive damages.

    John Banzhaf, a public interest law professor at George Washington University Law School, published an essay Wednesday saying if a hacker—whether a former lover or a total stranger—intrudes on the We-Vibe information, he or she could conceivably be charged with sexual assault or even rape.

    "Since the smart dildos are connected to the internet, and can be controlled by someone even on another continent, hacking is an obvious possibility and potential danger," Banzhaf says.

    Plaintiff is represented by Benjamin Richman of the Edelson law firm in Chicago. Richman did not return a call seeking comment.

    An initial hearing on the suit is scheduled for Nov. 8 before U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall. It promises to be a stimulating case.
     
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    Walygatr Well-Known Member

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    Blind people confusing them for can openers because they smell like cat food? Sorry didn't read.
     
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    Hacking a vibrator. :giggle:
     
  4. SouthernListen

    SouthernListen I don't follow the crowd. Sorry about that. VIP

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    Does it turn the camera on too?
     
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    JameGumb We're all out of toner!

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    Oh for fucks sake people need apps for their sex toys now? :facepalm:
     
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    That's the first time I've ever read the word "smart" followed by the word "dildos".
     
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    This is only the beginning. The Internet of Things (IoT) is coming and all governments want it as soon as possible. People will willingly put devices into their homes that can then be used by our and other governments to passively spy on them.