Sex toys that spy? Manufacturer settles lawsuit

First microwaves, now vibrators.

The manufacturer of a “smart vibrator” agreed to pay customers $3.2 million after a lawsuit was filed that alleged the sex toy tracked the owners’ use without their knowledge.

We-Vibe agreed to pay $3.2 million to settle the class-action lawsuit filed in Illinois federal court.  The vibrators advertised that it would allow users to “turn on your lover” via a Bluetooth connection, according to The New York Times.

“The usage information collected by Standard Innovation through We-Connect is extraordinarily intimate and private,” according to court documents from the plaintiffs.  The lead plaintiff said she bought a $130 We-Vibe Rave and downloaded the app but was never warned her use would be tallied, The Chicago Tribune reported.

Among problems with the device, reported in The Guardian, the app that controls the vibrator had security and privacy vulnerabilities, allowing anyone with a bluetooth range to seize control of the device.

Data that was sent back to We-Vibe’s owner – Standard Innovation – included the temperature and intensity of the device.

Standard Innovation said in a statement it takes customer privacy and data security seriously.

“We have enhanced our privacy notice, increased app security, provided customers [with] more choice in the data they share, and we continue to work with leading privacy and security experts to enhance the app.

Now if we can just get President Trump’s counselor Kellyanne Conway to again explain to us about those microwaves.