Thursday, September 15, 2016

Woman launches lawsuit against vibrator maker

An American woman has launched a proposed class-action lawsuit against the Canadian-owned maker of a smartphone-enabled vibrator, alleging the company sells products that secretly collect and transmit “highly sensitive” information.

The Chicago-area woman, identified in a statement of claim only as N.P., has made her complaint over a “high-end” vibrator called the We-Vibe. The suit alleges that unbeknownst to its customers, Standard Innovation designed the We-Connect app to collect and record intimate and sensitive data on use of the vibrator, including the date and time of each use as well as vibration settings.
The statement of claim alleges the company’s conduct demonstrates “a wholesale disregard” for consumer privacy rights and violated a number of state and federal laws.

Observers say the case highlights the issues with using “smart” devices that link to apps on mobile devices.