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Wed Apr 19, 2017, 07:39 PM

Bose headphones spy on listeners: lawsuit

Source: Reuters

Bose Corp spies on its wireless headphone customers by using an app that tracks the music, podcasts and other audio they listen to, and violates their privacy rights by selling the information without permission, a lawsuit charged.

The complaint filed on Tuesday by Kyle Zak in federal court in Chicago seeks an injunction to stop Bose's "wholesale disregard" for the privacy of customers who download its free Bose Connect app from Apple Inc or Google Play stores to their smartphones.

"People should be uncomfortable with it," Christopher Dore, a lawyer representing Zak, said in an interview. "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."

Bose did not respond on Wednesday to requests for comment on the proposed class action case. The Framingham, Massachusetts-based company has said annual sales top $3.5 billion.

Read more: http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN17L2BT

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NWCorona Apr 2017 OP
Thor_MN Apr 2017 #1
NWCorona Apr 2017 #3
mr_lebowski Apr 2017 #2
WhiteTara Apr 2017 #4
NWCorona Apr 2017 #5
Blue_Tires Apr 2017 #6
Dr Hobbitstein Apr 2017 #7
ProfessorGAC Apr 2017 #8

Response to NWCorona (Original post)

Wed Apr 19, 2017, 08:15 PM

1. What is the BOSE Connect App?

 

I have Bose wireless headphones and they connect via Bluetooth to my phone, no app needed.

Since we have the lovely "open workspace" design at my office and the guy 5 feet in front of me hums incessantly when he is not talking a million miles an hour with 4 other developers (take your fricking meeting to a room), my headphones are a sanity saver - the noise cancellation really works.

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Response to Thor_MN (Reply #1)

Wed Apr 19, 2017, 10:11 PM

3. The app isn't necessarily but it offers optimization features so there was an incentive to download

If you don't have it already loaded you should be fine.

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Response to NWCorona (Original post)

Wed Apr 19, 2017, 09:56 PM

2. Very much doubt that the 'wireless' aspect has anything to do with it ...

Anyone using any particular 'app' to play/stream music should be prepared (and probably already agree to it when installing said app) for their listening habits to be uploaded somewhere and therefore non-private.

You don't think ITunes keeps track of, and tells Apple, what you're playing when you use it? Spotify/Google Play? Windows Groove?

You'd likely have to use something OLD like Winamp, and be listening to only music physically present on your PC ... to avoid something like this happening. That, or seek out an app that specifically says 'Private Listening Only' as they'd market it that way.

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Response to NWCorona (Original post)

Wed Apr 19, 2017, 10:14 PM

4. Won't this new law that allows selling your information

without consent make this null and void?

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Response to WhiteTara (Reply #4)

Wed Apr 19, 2017, 10:18 PM

5. That's a good question but I don't think it will be retroactive.

Maybe they are trying to get it in under the wire?

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Response to NWCorona (Original post)

Thu Apr 20, 2017, 09:40 AM

6. Snowdenistas have been telling me for three years

that *corporate* spying/invasions of privacy are 100% ok, so meh...

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Response to NWCorona (Original post)

Thu Apr 20, 2017, 12:51 PM

7. Friends don't let friends buy Bose.

 

No highs, no lows? Must be Bose.

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Response to Dr Hobbitstein (Reply #7)

Thu Apr 20, 2017, 01:32 PM

8. You Know I Have Never Heard That

But, it's true. I remember the 901's and thought that the speakers i had at that time sounded better and there were around 1/3rd the price.

And their sound reinforcement system REQUIRED a subwoofer, and some people added ring bullet radiators for highs. We used them for stage monitors, but it was only vocals, a little guitar and little keyboard, so they were fine. But not for a whole sound reinforcement array.

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