A Canadian adult toy manufacturer has been forced to pay out $4 million Canadian dollars after their product was found to be collecting information on user’s private habits.
The company, We-Vibe, has apologized to customers after the device’s flaws were exposed by a pair of hackers in New Zealand.
Their parent company, Standard Innovation, issued a statement saying: “At Standard Innovation we take customer privacy and data security seriously. We have enhanced our privacy notice, increased app security, provided customers [with] more choice in the data they share, and we continue to work with leading privacy and security experts to enhance the app. With this settlement, Standard Innovation can continue to focus on making new, innovative products for our customers.”
The product in question is called the ‘We-Vibe,’ and is a Bluetooth-enabled device that is meant to be used by couples in conjunction with an app. It supposedly allowed couples who may be separated by distance the ability to use the device in an interactive way.