According to several users posting their complaints to Reddit, the Lovense Remote, an app compatible with several sex toys, has been recording audio during their sessions with the toy. It happened while they used the app to control the Lovense vibrator it's paired with, and it saved the recording to a local file buried in the phone's media storage.
"At no time had I wanted the app to record entire sessions using the vibrator", the user said. "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)".
A company representative has since responded to the post claiming that this was not intentional and that it was a minor bug that has since been fixed in the latest update.
The post reads: "Regarding the sound file in question, it has already been confirmed that this is a minor bug - a temporary file that is created when someone uses the Sound Control feature". As The Verge reported, users "gave the app access to the mic and camera but only to use with the in-app chat function and to send voice clips on command-not constant recording when in use". Lovense asserts on its site that no "sensitive data" passes through its servers, and that all info sent between users is encrypted. "Also, when the file is created it overwrites itself (no new files are created)".
It adds: "The fix deletes the temporary audio file "tempSoundPlay" after exiting the Sound Control feature and the app will do an additional check and delete each time the app is started". In March, Standard Innovation, the makers of We-Vibe vibrators, shelled out $3.75m (£2.84m) to settle a class action lawsuit after its Bluetooth-enabled devices allegedly collected and recorded users' personal data.
While it appears this particular breach of privacy could have been far worse, let this serve as a yet another gentle reminder that any connected sex toy can ultimately betray you.