Vibrator Maker Fined $4 Million CAD for Tracking Customer Sexual Activity

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Canadian vibrator manufacturer, We-Vibe, has been fined $4 million Canadian dollars for tracking their customer's sexual activity without permission. Not only did they track their sexual activity illegally, the IoT device was open to hacks. Customers that used the associated app with the device were tracked and entitled to the full payment amount of $10,000 CAD. All other customers were eligible for a $199 CAD payout.

The vibrator was marketed as a way to “allow couples to keep their flame ignited – together or apart”. The app not only collected heat data and usage activity for parent company Standard Innovation to track users, the IoT device was easily hacked by anyone on Bluetooth within range of it. So you might think that your partner is sending you some vibes, but it actually might be coming from the 1337 h4x0r on the bus with you. Creepy! Truth be told we've known that dildos connected to the internet were subject to hacking for years.

The flaws with the We-Vibe sex toy were first revealed at the Def Con hacking conference in Las Vegas in 2016 by New Zealand-based hackers “goldfisk” and “follower”. Speaking there, the pair argued that the problem was a “serious issue”: “unwanted activation of a vibrator is potentially sexual assault”, follower said.

In a statement given to press, Standard Innovation said: “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.”
 

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there are no words...

except hahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!11111111!!1111!1

but that's not a word.
 
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Is there a rule (like Rule 34 for porn) that states if some electronic device exists, someone has made a connected version? Because there should be if there isn't one.
 

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Did anyone complain before the security issues were disclosed? Wonder if the new security features include custom buzz patterns so the recipient can know who is sending?

Is there a rule (like Rule 34 for porn) that states if some electronic device exists, someone has made a connected version? Because there should be if there isn't one.

Flip the numbers and call it Rule 43 since there is already an IoT Porn Device.

How long before these get paired with VR headsets?
 

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Did anyone complain before the security issues were disclosed? Wonder if the new security features include custom buzz patterns so the recipient can know who is sending?



Flip the numbers and call it Rule 43 since there is already an IoT Porn Device.

How long before these get paired with VR headsets?

You know perfectly well someone's already well on their way to working on that app....
 

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"At Standard Innovation we take customer privacy and data security seriously."

That's what they all say when they get caught. And they are all lying scum too.
 

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“unwanted activation of a vibrator is potentially sexual assault”, follower said.

God damn it. Why is this happening?

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>So you might think that your partner is sending you some vibes, but it actually might be coming from the 1337 h4x0r on the bus with you. Creepy!

um.. if your using a vibrator ON THE BUS.. i think there are bigger issues going on then whether you have been hacked..

hahahaha
 

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My wife told me about this last night. I couldn't believe people would install an APP for such a thing.
 

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wtf... they just settled out... no court and no reason. just saying they werent at fault...
 
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Is that 10k per use? The mrs will be a millionare :)
 

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The fact that people bought an internet connected dildo just blows my mind. I'm not sure why people continuing to lower the bar of stupidity really surprises me anymore.
 

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The fact that people bought an internet connected dildo just blows my mind. I'm not sure why people continuing to lower the bar of stupidity really surprises me anymore.


Lovers with distance due to work/travels? Allows one to have a little better sexy time over the phone/Skype/whatever.
 

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Lovers with distance due to work/travels? Allows one to have a little better sexy time over the phone/Skype/whatever.

Yeaaaa..no. Nothing about that doesn't sound like a security nightmare waiting to happen.
 

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Well, if we didn't have all these noobs doing IOT devices without any friction(edit: lol, encryption), this wouldn't be a problem.
 
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