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Your Headphones May Be Spying On You

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We all spend a decent amount of time every day with our headphones, but what if you’re headphones are keeping on your daily activities? Well, if you own a premium wireless headphone from Bose, you need to worry about it. There is a great chance that your podcasts, music and other audio activities are being spied by the company as a lawsuit claims.

An avid Bose headphones user named Kyle Zak has filed a lawsuit at the federal court in Chicago for seeking an injunction to stop Bose from privacy laws breaching by acquiring and selling consumer information without the users’ permission. Zak claims that Bose spies on its customers who are using its wireless headphones which they connect to the Bose Connect app from the Google Play store or App Store to their smartphones.

Christopher Dore, Zak’s lawyer said Reuters that “People should be uncomfortable with it”. He continued saying “People put on their headphones on their head because they think it is private, but they can be giving out information that they don’t want to share.”

Zak said he bought a pair of the QuietComfort headphones from the Bose for a $350 price and took their suggestion and downloaded the Bose Connect app to get the most out his accessory. The app in process sought his info like name and e-mail address, a standard procedure for registering on apps.

He was, however, shocked when he learned that Bose allegedly sent “all the available media information” from his smartphone to third parties such as Segment.io, which collects customer data and sends it anywhere and everywhere.

Zak is now seeking millions of dollars in damages on behalf of buyers of headphones and speakers, from the company. Some of the models he mentions in the lawsuit are QuietControl 30,  QuietComfort 35 (pictured above), SoundLink Color II, SoundLink Around-Ear Wireless Headphones II, SoundSport Wireless and SoundSport Pulse Wireless.

The company has not responded to the allegations yet.

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