Devices like Kissenger They allow you to send a kiss from a distance to your partner. It is enough to put the lips in an artificial mouth attached to the mobile so that the kiss is transferred to a similar device anywhere in the world. There are also pillows to feel someone else’s heartbeat, vibrators that can be controlled remotely and move to the beat of the music, and wrists full of sensors that speak and fake orgasms. Robots or sex toys, devices for therapeutic purposes and virtual reality porn are already a reality. The future of sex goes through technology and opens up endless questions. Could a user choose to have virtual sex with an ex-partner or a deceased person? In which cases will consent be necessary? Will we talk about virtual infidelities?
What if your chastity belt was permanently locked?
The information processed by sex toys is extremely sensitive, as highlighted by the cybersecurity company ESET. These may include “names, sexual or gender orientation, lists of sexual partners, information on device use, and intimate photos and videos.” “All this information in the wrong hands can have disastrous consequences,” says the company.
Rodríguez recalls that “we are in the era of big data and everything we do, our tastes, interests or bank details are used for commercial and security purposes”: “Let them know that we like it or not in bed is another nail in the coffin of privacy that we have given up for a long time in exchange for the free use of these new technologies ”. Therefore, it is especially important where and how data is stored and who has access to it. In 2017, the sex toy manufacturer We-Vibe was forced to compensate its customers with up to $ 10,000 after it was found that it collected a series of intimate data without their consent, according to The Guardian. “This information included when they were used and the vibration settings, linking everything to the users’ email addresses,” says Frank. Additionally, the vulnerabilities could allow attackers to run malicious code on connected devices or block them by preventing the user from sending any commands to the toy, according to ESET. In fact, similar attacks have already occurred. In 2020, researchers from the cybersecurity company Pen Test Partners detected a flaw in smart chastity belts that allowed anyone to remotely lock all devices and prevent users from unlocking themselves.