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You Might Be Entitled to $10K If You Used This Vibrator

We-Vibe

When you're using a vibrator, the last thing you're thinking about is the fact that it could be recording information about you, right? Unfortunately, last year, hackers revealed that the makers of We-Vibe vibrators were getting a little more intimate with their customer base than was originally thought. Turns out, they were collecting data about the users of their products, which understandably resulted in a class action suit against the company. Yikes! (Looking for something more subtle? Here are five vibrators disguised as everyday objects.)

The vibrators themselves are very popular since they have some pretty awesome couple-friendly features. The toys can be hooked up to an app that controls the devices from anywhere in the world, making them especially ideal for long-distance couples. The problem is that the makers of the toys were using the corresponding app to collect data like time and date of use, frequency and duration of use, and settings used during each session. All that info, along with the email address of the person who was using the app to control the toy, was transferred back to the company's servers, logging it for market research purposes. It does make sense that a company would want to know about how often and in what ways people use its products, but the court ruled that violating people's privacy in order to do that wasn't the right move. Uh, maybe next time they'll just send out a customer survey? (If you're on the hunt for a new vibrator, these are the best vibrators for mind-blowing sex.)

The suit against the sex toy manufacturer was settled yesterday, according to the National Post, and luckily, the company has agreed to destroy all the information they've collected so far through the app and will stop collecting new information, effective immediately. Phew! But here's the craziest part: If you purchased a We-Vibe Rave before September 26, 2016, and you used the corresponding app, you're entitled to a $10,000 settlement. Yup, you read that right. If you didn't use the app but you purchased the product before that date, then you get $199.

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