In other news, it would appear that Bose, the tech company that manufactures high-quality wireless headsets, among other things, might face a lawsuit. According to the company, a customer from Illinois has filed grievances against Bose for collecting personal information without the user’s consent and sharing them with third parties.
Bose Charged with Clandestine Data Collection and Distribution
Kyle Zak of Illinois is the individual who recently filed a lawsuit against Bose. According to Zak’s attorney, his client demands monetary compensation in addition to the company cease from sharing users’ data with other firms.
The court documents revealed that the man decided to sue the company soon after he bought a pair of Bose wireless headphones. According to Zak, a few weeks ago, he acquired the pair, which belonged to the QuietComfort 35 series, from the company’s shop.
Now, as you might know, all wireless headphones manufactured by Bose are accompanied by an Android application called Bose Connect. The app is free of charge and, according to the website’s description, it enhances the functionality of the headphones. Bose Connect has advanced noise cancellation settings, various pre-defined sound templates, and an update feature.
According to Kyle Zak, the Illinois man who purchased a pair of Bose wireless headphones for $350, each time he opened the companion application, it was collecting data and, apparently, sending it to other companies. The plaintiff said the application collected all kind of personal data including preferred musical genres, music shared with friends, podcasts, audio books played, and more.
Zak’s attorney declared that the company is in direct violation of the Federal Wiretap Act, which prohibits companies from sharing personal data with third parties without the user’s consent. Moreover, Zak’s attorney added that the data collected by the headphones’ companion app could offer a glimpse into the user’s personality, his political views, and even his private life.
Of course, the client demands financial compensations from Bose. Furthermore, Zak’s attorney declared that his client also demands that the company put an end to its whole data collection and sharing activity.
Zak’s decision of filing lawsuit against the company is just one example of privacy invasion. Regrettably, the term of privacy will have much to suffer, taking into account that more and more applications ask you to submit personal information, without saying anything about sharing that info with someone else.
One would wonder what will the term of personal space refer to in the nearby future, considering that Facebook recently declared that social media platforms might employ mind-reading devices.
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