Friday, September 16, 2016


Sex, privacy and the internet have been the theme of a few interesting news stories this week.

Now that sex toys are now part of pop culture (thank you Fifty Shades of Grey) they have become unashamedly connected to the net.  however  some users are not turned on by the fact that their personal usage was being monitored and scrutinized in the name of making an even better smart dildo.

An American women has launched a class-action lawsuit against a Canadian sex toy maker - Standard Innovation - for consumer fraud, unjust enrichment, intrusion upon seclusion, and violating the Federal Wiretap Act and the Eavesdropping Statute.

She and thousands of other women are outraged that their $130 We-Vibe Raves has been transmitting usage reports broadcast back to the company's Ottawa server. The smart toy connects to a smartphone via an app that adjusts things like speed, vibration type and remote control :)  The company, was using the data to shape the future of sexual health and wellness. 

Two New Zealand hackers demonstrated that the  vibrator was sending information — including device temperature and vibration intensity — back to Standard Innovation!  Fo its part We-Vibe says "We do collect certain limited data to help us improve our products and for diagnostic purposes...we use this data in an aggregate, non-identifiable form."

I was not kidding about sex toys becoming mainstream. Lots of innovative types are  trying to break into the adult toy market. There is even a crowdfunding site that allows you to pitch your product. Indiegogo After Dark, is a one-stop shop for tinkering pleasure makers that are looking for financial backing.

I did not arrive on Plymouth Rock with the Puritans, but in my day a pair of fur covered hand-cuffs were considered pretty kinky. 

Might be time to check that smart cow prod I use to keep the kids in line to see if big brother is keeping tabs on me! 

The whole thing reminds me of a cute joke I once heard: 

A mother was walking down the hall when she heard a humming sound coming from her daughter's bedroom. When she opened the door she found her daughter naked on the bed with a vibrator.
What are you doing?" she exclaimed.
The daughter replied, "I'm 35 and still living at home with my parents and this is the closest I'll ever get to a husband."
Later that week the father was in the kitchen and heard a humming sound coming from the basement. When he went downstairs, he found his daughter naked on the sofa with her vibrator.
"What are you doing?" he exclaimed.
The daughter replied, "I'm 35 and still living at home with my parents and this is the closest I'll ever get to a husband."
A couple of days later the mother heard the humming sound again, this time in the living room. In there, she found her husband watching the Super Bowl on television with the vibrator buzzing away beside him.
"What are you doing?" she exclaimed.
He replied............"Watching the game with my son-in-law."

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