Lovense, a sex toy company based in Hongkong innovated a remote controlled vibrator app which allows users to control the toy via their phone.
However, one consumer complained. According to them, they had given permission for the app to access their in-built microphone and camera to use during chats and to send voice-notes. They had no idea it would be recording them the entire time they were using the vibrator. The user discovered their phone had been recording when a six-minute audio file appeared in the app’s local folder. It contained some rather recognisable sounds.
Some other consumers came forward and claimed that they too have experienced the same thing, and that they felt that their privacy is violated, as if they are being spied on in their most intimate moments.
Lovense posted in a statement that it was just a minor bug and that users shouldn't worry because they did not store anything on their servers.
‘For the sound feature to work, we have to create a local cache file. ‘This file is supposed to be deleted at the end of each session but because of a bug in the last version of our Android app, the file wasn’t deleted successfully.
‘With this bug, the cache file was stored on the user’s device until the next session, which overwrites on the previous cache file.’
Well…is it worth it trying though?