Connected sex toy manufacturer under fire for collecting user data

By Scorpus
Aug 11, 2016
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  1. The makers of one type of connected sex toy have come under fire recently for collecting unnecessary amounts of data about their consumers' usage habits.

    Presenters at Def Con have revealed that Standard Innovations Corporation (SIC) collect potentially sensitive information from their We-Vibe 4 Plus, an internet connected vibrator for couples. The device sends its temperature to SIC's servers every minute, and also collects data about changes to the level of vibration.

    The good news is that SIC doesn't appear to be collecting any personally identifiable information, such as names or addresses. The bad news is that the data could still be used to inform SIC about a user's sexual experience, such as how long it takes to orgasm and what vibration levels are preferred at certain times.

    SIC's user privacy policy doesn't explicitly tell users where usage data is shared and what it is used for. According to Fusion, SIC has stated that vibration data is used for "market research purposes so that we can better understand what settings and levels of intensity are most enjoyed," while temperature information is "purely for hardware diagnostic purposes."

    The company goes on to say that they are in the process of "reviewing our privacy & data collection policy in an effort to provide more transparency for our customers."

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  2. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 3,350   +1,991

    I suppose they should have consulted Dr. Ruth first to get her spin on it all .....
  3. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,014   +2,536

    We've officially hit the all time low of cyber dependency, having your genitals connected to the internet

    ..........aaaand whether that spin was clockwise or counterclockwise..

    This brings a whole new level of depravity to the old standard dismissal, "go sit on it and rotate". Now you have some perv sitting at a computer measuring your RPM's.
  4. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 3,350   +1,991

    We often referred to that as tongue twirls .... many, MANY years ago! LOL

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