These Popular Headphones Spy on Users, Lawsuit Says

These Popular Headphones Spy on Users, Lawsuit Says

By | April 20th, 2017
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The complaint, which you can read for yourself here, also accuses Bose of

unjust enrichment and "intrusion upon seclusion." It also seeks an

injunction to force Bose to stop the alleged data collection.


The audio maker Bose, whose wireless headphones sell for up to $350, uses an app to collect the listening habits of its customers and provide that information to third parties—all without the knowledge and permission of the users, according to a lawsuit filed in Chicago on Tuesday.

The complaint accuses Boston-based Bose of violating the WireTap Act and a variety of state privacy laws, adding that a person’s audio history can include a window into a person’s life and views.

“Indeed, one’s personal audio selections – including music, radio broadcast, Podcast, and lecture choices – provide an incredible amount of insight into his or her personality, behavior, political views, and personal identity,” says the complaint, noting a person’s audio history may contain files like LGBT podcasts or Muslim call-to-prayer recordings.

If the allegations are true, the Bose case is just the latest privacy incident involving the so-called “Internet of things” in which more companies and devices that are connected to the web can’t resist the temptation of harvesting the consumer data they throw off.

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Nisheeth Bhakuni