This is going to be an ongoing series, I can tell. Today's headline is "Women settle lawsuit with Canadian maker of Internet-connected vibrator for US$3.75M" and you are going to ask what this has to do with the Internet of things? Everything. This is the Internet of things at work, or play, if you feel that way inclined.
- An IP address
- A device recording intimate personal activity
- A name of a user and and an email address
- radio-based connection
- an app uniting them all
Says the National Post article:
We-Vibe Rave, released two years ago, is Bluetooth and Wi-Fi compatible.
A cellphone app called We-Connect allows users and their partners to control the Rave’s intensity and vibration patterns remotely over the Internet and allows for private text messages and video calls.
“Unbeknownst to its customers … (Standard Innovation) designed We-Connect to collect and record highly intimate and sensitive data regarding consumers’ personal We-Vibe use, including the date and time of each use and the selected vibration settings, and transmit such usage data — along with the users’ personal email address — to its servers in Canada,” reads the September court filing.
The company has been engaged in barn-door closing:
To cite Leonard Cohen again:
It will take many more lawsuits before it sinks through everyone's head that you cannot, cannot devise machines without considering privacy implications.