The UK seems to be leading the world in the desire to overregulate future sex tech. Now law makers there have smart sex toys in their sights. According to a member of parliament for the opposition Labour party, dildos can now be hacked and need to be regulated.
Smart sex toys may be innovative – but they are also vulnerable to hackers. Fears over sex-toy safety is prompting Labour MP Chi Onwurah to call for regulation of the adult market to avoid such a disaster.
Onwurah, Labour’s Newcastle Central MP, says she is shocked by the lack of regulation surrounding smart sex toys. High-tech sex toys use cameras, share images, and include long-distance controllers.
The shadow minister for business, energy and industrial strategy wants sex-toy manufacturers to be legally required to upgrade security on every device, the Times reports. “Electric toothbrushes, fridges, doorbells, dildos — anything with the word ‘smart’ that communicates with the rest of the world can be hacked,” she said. “You can hack a dildo, and when you’ve hacked that device, it’s more than violating your privacy; it’s violating your security.”