Recently a lawsuit was filed by an anonymous complainant to We-Vibe, a sex toy company, for allegedly violation of Wiretap Act 18 U.S.C. § 2510 a federal statute for breaching privacy through the use of internet, mobile phones and any other gadgets.
Complainant demand for jury trial on the violation the company has done to her. It was on September 2014 when We-vibe introduced in the market their newest feature of a vibrator which can be remotely controlled by a smartphone.
After being alluded with the latest feature, the complainant decided to purchase a unit sometimes on May 2016 from a local retailer worth $US 130.
It is directed in the products manual that in order to benefit the full array of the product's features and to control the vibrator remotely, the 'We-connect' app should be downloaded to the user's smartphone and paired it with We-vibe.
Unknown to the complainant the 'We-connect' app is programmed by We-vibe to intercept, monitor, collect, and transmit all her usage information such as how often she would use it, what intensity level of vibrations she selected in each use, and her e-mail address.
The information gathered from her was transmitted to a server in Canada. The failure of the defendant to inform the customer about these made it qualified for the complaint.
According to information from the internet, the reason why We-vibe and other similar companies want to collect the user's private information is for the future innovations of the product.
Although We-vibe is Canada-based, the fact that the complainant is a citizen of the U.S., the United States court has jurisdiction over the case.
This case as has been represented by the complainant herself and the other people in the same situation would awaken some sex toys user's to value their privacy more than what temporary satisfaction offers.