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Time running out for British claimants in vibrator data breach case

Posted on: 8th May 2017

British claimants looking to sue Canadian sex toy manufacturer, Standard Innovation, for collecting data about their use of the sex toy, We-Vibe, have until July to bring claims, London law firm Hodge Jones & Allen warns.

In a settlement filed in March in a US federal court, the makers of We-Vibe agreed to pay $3.75 million to resolve privacy claims regarding “adult sensual lifestyle products” that transmitted customer data.

The We-Vibe toys are designed to be used by couples, allowing one partner to control the devices via Bluetooth and a smartphone app. However, hackers found that the company was using the app to harvest data about how customers used the vibrators. The apps collected information such as what intensity and temperature settings the owners used, as well as how often they used the toys.

After being approached by British users of the toy, Chun Wong, head of the dispute resolution team at Hodge Jones & Allen, says: “We’ve been approached by clients to investigate making a claim as part of the Canadian settlement. In order to comply, claimants have until 30 July 2017 to bring their claim but would be advised to do so well in advance of that to allow for a proper investigation of the facts.

“However, Standard Innovation is yet to make any specific provision for UK claimants and so it’s unclear whether British users will be able to receive any compensation as part of the Canadian settlement. The alternative would be to potentially launch a claim under privacy laws in the UK against the Canadian manufacturers.”

Anyone wishing to bring a potential claim needs to have proof they purchased and used the We-Vibe app, We-Connect, before 26 September 2016 and will need to have appointed a lawyer before the 30 July 2017 deadline for claims under the Canadian scheme.

Under the Canadian scheme claimants are entitled to $199 (approx. £110) for just buying the device (We-Vibe) and up to $10,000 (approx. £5,600) if the app (We-Connect) was used.

Chun’s blog on this story can be found here.

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