Are you being spied on in your own home? Time and time again, reports of these situations have come up. Finally, someone is actually being held responsible for their actions.
Bose, the Boston-based manufacturer of headphones and speakers, is being sued for spying on their customers. They were using their wireless headphones to engage in morally reprehensible actions.
They illegally collected the data that they obtained and sold it to third party consumers.
The Bose Connect app is the main culprit regarding this incident. It has been collecting and storing data without permission from the users, which violates the WireTap Act as well as several other privacy laws.
The information that was collected includes a person’s selections for music, radio, podcasts, lectures and any other audio selection that they may have made. The information was used to gain insight into a person’s personality, political views, identity, and behavior.
They are stand to lose approximately $5 million in damages as well as immediately halt their collection of data.
The lawsuit issued by Bose customer Kyle Zak claims the company’s Bose Connect app collects and stores user data unlawfully, without user permission, violating the WireTap Act and a number of privacy laws, according to Fortune. Zak’s lawyer Christopher Dore told the BBC why this issue needs to be addressed: “People put headphones on their head because they think it’s private, but they can be giving out information they don’t want to share”.
The complaint outlines how the information collected is sensitive to the users and can be valuable to third-party companies: “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”. Other Bose products listed in the lawsuit, along with the app, include QuietComfort 35, QuietControl 30, SoundLink Around-Ear Wireless Headphones II, SoundLink Color II, SoundSport Wireless and SoundSport Pulse Wireless.