Could Bose be listening to your listening habits? A new lawsuit claims the Bose Connect line of headphones collects and sells user data through the Bose mobile app.
The complaint was filed on Tuesday by Illinois native Kyle Zak. Under the lawsuit, Zak claims the high-end audio company violates the state’s Wiretap Act, which protects consumers against eavesdropping.
It’s believed the Bose Connect app tracks users’ listening habits — including song names, radio shows, podcasts and other audio — which they then sell to third-party marketers for profit.
In order to pair Bose Connect app to his phone, Zak was required to enter his name, phone number and email address. This means it may be possible for Bose to match users with their listening habits. Given this information, Bose and other companies could potentially use this information to determine a person’s political leanings, religion, sexual orientation and more.
While users aren’t required to activate the Bose Connect, Bose encourages its customers to download the app to enhance their listening experience.
“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,” Christopher Dore, a lawyer representing Zak, recently told Reuters.
The headphone models in the complaint include: the QuietControl 30, QuietComfort 35, SoundSport Wireless, Sound Sport Pulse Wireless, SoundLink Around-Ear Wireless Headphones II and the SoundLink Color II.
Bose has released a statement saying they intend to “fight the inflammatory, misleading allegations.”