Now that so many sex toys connect to apps and potentially have the ability to be hacked via Bluetooth, we really should be thinking about how safe they actually are.

And a sex toy company admitting to “accidentally” storing sound recordings of people using their toys is stark warning enough. According to The Independent, Lovense were accused of ‘recording “private” sessions without express permission‘ on a Reddit post.

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Tydoctor explained, “The Lovense remote control vibrator app (used to control remote control sex toys) seems to be recording while the vibrator is on. 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 SO’s remote control vibrator (We used it at a bar while playing pool).

Lovense Remote Control Vibrator app

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“The app permissions allow for mic and camera use, but this was supposed to be for use with the in-app chat function to send voice clips on command. At no time had I wanted the app to record entire sessions using the vibrator. I’m not tech savvy enough to know if the recording had been sent to them or not. I have deleted the app, and will no longer be using its Bluetooth functions. It’s unfortunate, because there’s no other way to control the vibrator without the app.”

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Plus, other Reddit users responded to the post with similar stories of finding audio files on their app.

Lovense responded via their Reddit account saying, “”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.”

They also explained this “minor software bug” only affected Android users and say this has been fixed with the latest app update. If you’re an Android user of the Lovense Remote app and haven’t been put off, the company say you should upgrade to v3.0.7 by clicking here.

“The app will do an additional check and delete each time the app is started,” they said. It must be noted though, that Lovense has been criticised before after security researchers were able to hack one of their Bluetooh-enabled butt plugs.



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