Lovense remote control vibrator app recording "private" sessions without express permission : sex

Mindy Sparks
November 11, 2017

Welp. Here's another scenario to add to your list of terrifying ways a remote-controlled vibrator can turn against you.

The existence of a secretive recording of the user's private and intimate moments with another individual came as a total shock to some, especially if they have already grown cautious of devices that previously had similar privacy invasion issues, one of which being We-Vibe, which lost a class-action lawsuit in March over illegal data collection.

Several other companies have dealt with the problems that arise at the intersection of technology and sex, from butt plugs being suspectible to hackers to "smart" vibrators storing data on a user's preferred rhythm, duration and frequency of use.

An owner of a vibrator manufactured by a company called Lovense based in Hong Kong has accidentally discovered that the device's remote-control app can record ambient sounds while the device is being used and then store the recordings on the owner's phone without their knowledge. The file was a full audio recording 6 minutes long of the last time I had used the app to control my [partner's] remote control vibrator. The app requests access to a smartphone or tablet's microphone and video, which are used to send messages in peer-to-peer chat - not to record sessions for later.


The WeVibe app allegedly recorded intensity settings and minute-to-minute temperature variances, as well use usage times and dates. "I have deleted the app, and will no longer be using its Bluetooth functions". "But rest assured, no information or data is sent to our servers".

In a later update to it post, Lovense said the glitch had been fixed in the latest version of the app. This cache file now remains on you phone instead of deleting itself once your session is finished. The patch also deletes the temporary audio file "tempSoundPlay" after exiting the Sound Control feature while the app will do an extra check and delete every time the app is launched, they noted.

The company said the bug only affected iOS devices and not Android.

This isn't the first time security and privacy concerns have been raised over connected sex toys.

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