A class-action lawsuit filed against Bose claims the headphone-maker’s Connect app is transmitting private data to third parties.
According to the lawsuit, the app is collecting user data—music tracks played, for example—without consent from users, and then providing data-mining companies with that information.
The filing say, in part:
Though the data collected from its customers’ smartphones is undoubtedly valuable to the company, Defendant’s conduct demonstrates a wholesale disregard for consumer privacy rights and violates numerous state and federal laws.
Indeed, one’s personal audio selections—including music, radio broadcast, Podcast, and lecture choices—provide an incredible amount of insight into his or her personality, behavior, political views, and personal identity.
With such information available, data-mining companies can potentially use it for ad-targeting purposes.
While Bose doesn’t require consumers to use its Connect app, it does provide users with an improved experience. It allows, for example, users to easily switch between paired devices, as well as pause, resume, and rewind music using the app.
The suit is seeking an injunction to prohibit Bose from collecting and transmitting information without user consent.