Smartphone apps are great, but as one Illinois woman came to realize, they probably shouldn't be in the bedroom.
Referred to only by the initials N.P., one woman filed a class action suit in Chicago when she realized the manufacturer of her smartphone-paired vibrator was receiving some very intimate information about her personal habits.
The We-Vibe, from Ottawa-based Standard Innovation, can be paired with a user's smartphone to unlock special vibration modes, create custom playlists, and chat with another user via video or voice. The smartphone-paired vibrator also tracks that information for marketing purposes and sends that data to the manufacturer of the smart sex toy, N.P. told Court House News.
"[Customers' most intimate details are at stake,] including the date and time of each use, the vibration intensity level selected by the user, the vibration mode or pattern selected by the user, and incredibly, the email address of We-Vibe customers."
That's not OK with N.P., who accuses Standard Innovation of consumer fraud, unjust enrichment, intrusion upon seclusion, and violating the federal Wiretap Act and the Illinois Eavesdropping Statute. She's asking for punitive damages from the manufacturer of the smartphone-paired vibrator, according to Court House News.
"[Standard Innovation's] conduct demonstrates a wholesale disregard for consumer privacy rights and violated numerous state and federal laws."