In this day and age, it’s hard to tell which device you own which isn’t keeping tabs on you. Now, you can add your headphones to the list. According to reports, Bose is now facing a lawsuit for spying on its users though new technology.
According to TheNextWeb:
At the forefront of the action is a man named Kyle Zak, who downloaded the Bose Connect app when he purchased his expensive cans.
Bose recommends consumers download this, and says it’ll help them “get the most out of your headphones.” The app is available for Android and iOS, and allows users to do things like update the firmware, control which devices it connects to via BlueTooth, and so on.
But Connect application also collected detailed profiles of its users. This included their listening histories and habits, and was then sold to marketing companies, including one San Francisco-based firm called Segment.
The lawsuit was filed in court in Chicago on Tuesday against Bose. Though there are no damages specified, Zak and the other Connect users are seeking at least $5 million. The suit accuses Bose of violating the WireTap Act and other state privacy laws.
Bose products included named in the lawsuit include: QuietComfort 35, SoundSport Wireless, Sound Sport Pulse Wireless, QuietControl 30, SoundLink Around-Ear Wireless Headphones II, and SoundLink Color II.