#CyberFLASH: Woman sues Canadian maker of app-based vibrator saying it collects ‘highly sensitive’ information

image-3OTTAWA — In the ever-growing world of digital connectivity and the “Internet of Things,” how much sharing is too much?

An American woman says the Canadian manufacturer of a smartphone-enabled vibrator has crossed the line by selling products that allegedly secretly collect and transmit “highly sensitive” usage information over the web.

The Chicago-area woman, identified in a statement of claim only as N.P., has launched a proposed class-action lawsuit against Standard Innovation (US) Corp., which is owned by Ottawa-based Standard Innovation Corp.

The suit involves a vibrator called the We-Vibe. A version of the sex toy, called the We-Vibe Rave, which was released two years ago, is Bluetooth- and Wi-Fi- compatible and can be controlled using a cellphone app called We-Connect, allowing users to control the toy’s intensity and vibration patterns. It also allows for partners to control the toy remotely, while other features built into the app allow for private text messages and video calls.

N.P. bought her vibrator in May for $170, downloaded the app that connects to it and used it on several occasions.

Her lawsuit filed on Sept. 2 claims that Standard Innovation Corp. did not do enough to explain how the “sensitive information” being generated by We-Connect users was being used.

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