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Headphone Hack: Lawsuit Claims Bose Devices Secretly Collect Data

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By    |   Friday, 21 Apr 2017 06:21 AM

A lawsuit filed against Bose Corp. suggests that your headphones may do more than play music; the device might be spying on you, too.

Kyle Zak filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the company that designs and sells headphones and other audio devices, alleging that the Bose Connect app collects user's data, which is then sold without their permission, Gadget Hacks reported.

The headphones reportedly collect your "music preferences, podcasts" and other data before offering it to third-party advertisers.

The headphones’ reputation is taking a hit, and some consumers are calling the app unwanted "spyware," Gadget Hacks said.

In a recent interview with Reuters, Zak said the data collected by Bose Connect has been sent to advertising companies like Segment.io, which has the ability to take whatever data it purchases and "send it anywhere."

"People should be uncomfortable with it. 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," Zak told Reuters.

After purchasing his Bose headphones — QuietComfort 35 — Zak said he downloaded the free companion app, where he gave "his name, email address and headphone serial number."

Zak’s lawsuit seeks millions of dollars in damages and aims to put a stop to the data collection as well, claiming it violates the Wiretap Act in Illinois, where Zak resides.

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