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Sex toy firm admits its vibrators recorded intimate sessions

By Sheetal Sukhija, Beijing News
12 Nov 2017, 11:46 GMT+10

HONG KONG, China - After users discovered that the vibrators being sold by a sex toy company was recording intimate audio recordings that were also being stored without their knowledge - the firm has admitted it.

The firm, Lovense has admitted its vibrators have been secretly recording users' intimate sessions and has blamed a minor software bug.

Users had discovered Lovense remote-controlled vibrator app was recording sound files and storing them on their phones.

A user called tydoctor first wrote about the issue on Reddit, and said, The Lovense remote control vibrator app... seems to be recording while the vibrator is on.

The user added, "I was going through my phone media to prepare it for a factory reset and came across a .3gp file named 'tempSoundPlay.3gp' in the folder for the app. 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. At no time had I wanted the app to record entire sessions using the vibrator."

Soon, other Reddit users reported finding similar audio files saved on their devices.

Some feared recordings of their sex sessions had been sent to Lovense's servers through the internet-connected and Bluetooth-enabled app.

The company then responded to the doubts and accusations, using its official Reddit account anddescribed the issue as a "minor software bug.

It said, Your concern is completely understandable. But rest assured,no information or data is sent to our servers.This cache file currently remains on you phone instead of deleting itself once your session is finished."

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

Later, it updated its post and added that the glitch had been fixed in the latest version of the app.

The issue has come to light a month after security researchers said they were able to hack into a Bluetooth-enabled butt plugmanufactured by the company.

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