Man accuses Bose of intercepting what he’s listening to
A newly-filed proposed class-action lawsuit accuses audio equipment manufacturer Bose of illegally wiretapping a customer via his headphones.
According to the suit filed in a federal court in Chicago, an Illinois resident Kyle Zak purchased a pair of Bose QuietComfort 35 wireless Bluetooth headphones for $350 in March this year.
The headphones use an application called “Bose Connect,” to pause, skip as well as to perform other controls.
Bose allegedly collects the names of any music and audio tracks that the user listened to through the headphones, as well as the company accessed the user’s personally identifiable serial number. In addition, the company allegedly shared the information with third parties, such as data miner Segment.io.
Zak has chosen Chicago-based law firm Edelson to fight his case in the court of justice. Edelson specializes in privacy and technology cases.
Christopher Dore, an Edelson lawyer involved in the case, said, “We discovered the issue, as we do in many of our cases, through an investigation conducted by our in-house computer forensics lab.”
Bose turned down repeated requests for a comment on the proposed class-action lawsuit.