A woman has filed a complaint against a sex toy maker for spying on her.
The lawsuit claims that the smart sex toy manufacturing company Standard Innovation kept tabs on customers’ intimate data.
The innovative We-Vibe 4 Plus toy was collecting very specific and private information about users using the app, including their preferred vibration setting and body temperature.
The toys can be controlled remotely through a smartphone app. The app allows people who are not in the same location to exchange messages, start video chats and remotely control the device despite being in a different location.
The basis of the lawsuit is the fact that the company did not disclose that this personal information would be monitored, so people were unaware that their use of the toy was being tracked.
Major tech companies, including Microsoft and Apple, are requesting permission to receive diagnostic reports to use for analysis.
Eve-Lynn Rapp, an attorney for the Edelson law firm who filed the complaint, told Sputnik News that the device is also tracking IP addresses.
Rapp explained that the company uses this information to increase its market share and the sale of its products. “Considering the personal nature of the information, what the company was doing was inappropriate,” she said.
The unidentified woman from Illinois claims the producer violated the privacy of her customers by collecting information about their preferences and other sensitive data without asking permission.
The sex toy and its remote control app allow users to customize the settings according to their preferences. The claimant said the company kept its data collection program hidden from its users.
The company has since clarified its terms of service and allowed users to opt out of the data tracking aspects of the device.