Legal News

Sex Toy Company Settles Spying Lawsuit for Almost $4 Million
Download PDF
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
Loading...

Summary: A remote-controlled vibrator line was accused of collecting extremely personal user data.

Imagine how mortifying it would be if a sex toy company monitored your usage and linked that behavior to your email address. Well, that’s what one vibrator maker allegedly did to its users, and on Monday, the company settled a class action lawsuit for $3.75 million. Talk about a climax!

  
What
Where


Canadian company Standard Innovation manufactures We-Vibe, a line of vibrators that can be controlled with a Bluetooth remote. The vibrator is linked to a smartphone app called “We Connect” that allows its horny users to change up the toy’s patterns and rhythms, and the technology enables anyone from around the world to have fun with a long distance partner.

All of that sounded fine and good, but critics have raised concern since 2014 that the sex toy was vulnerable to hacking and that the company was able to track users’ sex lives. In the class action lawsuit filed in September, plaintiffs alleged that the app was designed to collect user data about how often the vibrator was used and on what setting. Additionally, the app collected users’ email addresses which allowed it to link usage data to actual customer accounts.

In the settlement that was finalized on Monday, Standard Innovations said that its users “consented” to the collection of data, a claim that the plaintiffs specifically refute, but it decided to settle instead of battling the lawsuit in court. It did not admit to any wrongdoing.

Get JD Journal in Your Mail

Subscribe to our FREE daily news alerts and get the latest updates on the most happening events in the legal, business, and celebrity world. You also get your daily dose of humor and entertainment!!




Almost 300,000 people purchased a remote-enabled WeVibe, and almost 100,000 of them used the app. The settlement stated that anyone who bought an app-enabled WeVibe can collect up to $199 and anyone who actually had their data collected can receive up to $10,000. The actual pay out is dependent on how many people file claims.

As part of the agreement, Standard Innovation has also said it would stop collecting email addresses and that it would modify its privacy notice to be more transparent.



Source: NPR

Photo courtesy of New York Magazine

What do you think about this settlement? Let us know in the comments below.



 

Interesting Legal Sites You May Like


BCG FEATURED JOB

Locations:

Keyword:



Search Now

Litigation Trial Attorney with 3-5 years of pleading experience

USA-WA-Seattle

Seattle office of our client seeks litigation trial attorney with 3-5 years of experience. The candi...

Apply Now

Corporate Attorney with mergers and acquisitions experience

USA-CA-Los Angeles

Los Angeles office is seeking a corporate attorney with 1-6 years of M&A, corporate finance, securit...

Apply Now

Estate Planning Attorney with 6+ years of experience

USA-CA-Los Angeles

Los Angeles office is seeking an experienced estate planning attorney with 6+ years of experience. C...

Apply Now

Litigation Associate Attorney

USA-CA-San Diego

San Diego office of our client seeks litigation associate attorney with 4-5 years of experience. The...

Apply Now

RELEVANT JOBS

ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY

USA-TX-Houston

INSURANCE DEFENSE / TRANSPORTATION LITIGATION Law firm located in North Houston seeking an associ...

Apply now

Legal- Disbursal Manager

USA-NV-Las Vegas

Prestigious Personal Injury Law Firm seeks Disbursal Manager Qualified individuals need to have p...

Apply now

Legal- Disbursal Manager

USA-NV-Las Vegas

Prestigious Personal Injury Law Firm seeks Disbursal Manager Qualified individuals need to have p...

Apply now

Litigation Associate

USA-LA-Shreveport

A well-established AV rated defense firm seeking an experienced associate with 1-5 yrs experien...

Apply now

Most Popular

SEARCH IN ARCHIVE

To Top