Canadian sex-toy maker settles US intimate data lawsuit for $5 million

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A Canadian vibrator maker accused of secretly tracking the intimate habits of thousands of its customers through a smartphone app has agreed to spend $5 million to settle a privacy lawsuit in the United States.

Under the deal that still requires final court approval, Ottawa-based Standard Innovation will pay Americans who bought its We-Vibe sex toy before Sept. 26, 2016, up to US$199 each. Users who controlled the vibrator via its We-Connect application will get up to US$10,000 each — although the actual amounts in both cases are likely to be much lower.

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