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Sex toy collects data, owners collect big paycheckOwners of an Internet-connected vibrator could get up to $10,000 from a class-action lawsuit settlement.
A sex toy company is paying its users $10,000 each after spying on their sex lives without permission. This sexy time snafu all began with an Internet connected vibrator called the We-Vibe 4 Plus. It's designed to be used by long distance couples to activate remotely. But the app was reportedly peeping in on users' intimate moments, collecting data on how the toy was used Linking it with the owner's personal email address, and sending that information to the company servers in Canada. What made this a sticky situation is that the app never asked for permission to collect data, and that's just the kind of data you don't want leaking out. The company was hit with a class action lawsuit in September, and agreed to settle, but admitted to no wrongdoing. Anyone who purchased the vibrator with the company app, is entitled to damages of up to ten grand. But anyone who used it without the app, won't be shafted. They can still squeeze $200 out of the deal.