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Are Your Headphones Listening To You? Bose Hit With Privacy Lawsuit

Could your headphones be collecting information about you while you listen to them? So says one man who is suing Bose amid claims that the company collected and shared information about his listening habits without his permission.

Kyle Zak bought a $350 pair of Bose Quietcomfort 35 wireless headphones and decided to register them and download the Bose Connect app. The app allowed Kyle to manage the settings and update his headphones with the latest software. However, he also says that the app collected information on the different music and other audio he listened to and sent it off to third parties without his knowledge.

His legal complaint argues that the collecting of this data “demonstrates a wholesale disregard for consumer privacy rights and violates numerous state and federal laws.”

Kyle’s complaint continues:

“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.”

He is seeking a class-action status for the lawsuit in the hope to preventing Bose from collecting any more info without permission. Kyle also accuses Bose of violating the Federal Wiretap Act and wants some financial damages too!

 

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