Canadian vibrator maker ordered to pay out $4m for tracking users’ sexual activity

Sex toy maker We-Vibe has agreed to pay customers up to C$10,000 (£6,120) each after shipping a “smart vibrator” which tracked owners’ use without their knowledge.

Following a class-action lawsuit in an Illinois federal court, We-Vibe’s parent company Standard Innovation has been ordered to pay a total of C$4m to owners, with those who used the vibrators associated app entitled to the full amount each. Those who simply bought the vibrator can claim up to $199.

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  • andycanuck

    But it’s okay when your search engines, ISP, and your computer software does it to you!

    • And boy do they do it.

      • Editor

        And we thought Alexa and Siri snitching to the CIA was weird.

  • Hard Little Machine

    The Internet of Oh God Oh God Oh God, uhhhhhhh!

  • Tom Forsythe

    So, when Maddow releases Trump’s tax returns, he can release data on her?

  • mobuyus

    I bought my Girlfriend a vibrator but I had to take it back…she chipped three teeth.

    • Alain

      LOL

    • Solo712

      Can a woman actually come that way?

      • mobuyus

        As long as they can multi-task.

  • BillyHW

    Lucy, you have some ‘splaining to do…

  • Etobicoke_Gladiator

    Sophie Trudeau’s gonna be singin’ louder now! (I think there’s a joke in there somewhere.)

    • Alain

      Nah, it wasn’t likely for her own use but for hubby.

      • Etobicoke_Gladiator

        Ha ha ha! I have no doubt Justin has several for his own personal use.

  • Tooth&Claw

    I’m speechless.

  • Brett_McS

    They had to do it. People weren’t filling out the customer surveys honestly.

  • mauser 98

    tracking Wynne & Rounthwait ??…
    has the brave noble soul yet been born for such a mission ?

  • Alain

    Sorry but I can’t stop laughing.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    What features does one look for in a smart vibrator?
    Why?

    • Solo712

      programmable, hand-free operation for use in public.

  • felis gracilis

    At the end of the story in the Grauniad, I saw this little mendicant notice:

    “Since you’re here …

    … we’ve got a small favour to ask. More people are reading the Guardian than ever, but far fewer are paying for it. Advertising revenues across the media are falling fast. And unlike some other news organisations, we haven’t put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism open to all. So you can see why we need to ask for your help. The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. But we do it because we believe our perspective matters – because it might well be your perspective, too.

    If everyone who reads our reporting, who likes it, helps to support it, our future would be much more secure.”

    Just warmed the cockles of my heart, it did, to see the Grauniad’s little begging bowl.

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    • Will Quest

      The bull-dyke feminists who kick-starts this dildo, also chews tobacco ….