Wireless Headphones Could Be Spying on You

Malicious cybercriminals aren’t the only ones who want access to your company data. There’s another threat lurking right around the corner: companies. Some of the tech devices from different companies you own could be spying on you and tracking every move you make.

Audio giant Bose has been spying on customers who use its wireless headphones by using an app that tracks the music, podcasts and other audio they listen to, a lawsuit charged.

Bose, in turn, has been violating customers’ privacy rights by selling their info without permission, according to the federal suit filed Tuesday in Chicago.

The complaint filed by Kyle Zak seeks an injunction to stop Bose’s “wholesale disregard” for the privacy of customers who download its free Bose Connect app from Apple or Google Play stores to their smartphones.

Surprisingly, Bose accumulates all media information from the gadget in question and passes it to third parties. Such information is then tailored and sold for business purposes. This is worrying owing to the private nature of the kind of music a person likes and the podcasts they listen to. Worse, the headphone’s giant app does not explain the clause of sharing user data in their privacy agreement, which contradicts what a good-meaning app does before opting in for such extended services.

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