Wiretap Suit Against Chinese Sex Toy Maker Survives

Law360 (May 16, 2019, 9:28 PM EDT) -- A California federal court pushed forward most of a class action claiming that a Chinese sex toy maker illegally harvested data from its users, finding for the first time that vibration intensity settings are "content" under wiretapping law.

In what he called a novel ruling Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Jeffrey S. White kept alive part of a federal wiretapping claim against Hytto Ltd. or Lovense, which sells a Bluetooth-enabled line of "Lush" wearable vibrators that allow partners to control each other's sex toys remotely through a smartphone app.

While White agreed with the Chinese company's argument that the date and time...

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