Your headphones may be spying on you
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The headphones you use to listen to music may be spying on you. CBS12's Eric Roby has the latest on the lawsuit filed against the Bose corporation in this consumer report.
When music fans put on their high-end headphones, they may feel like they are in their own private world. But a lawsuit against one of the most popular manufacturers claims just the opposite - that Bose is spying.
"Basically it's accusing Bose of eavesdropping on its customers when they are using the headphones," said Dan Ackerman, an editor with CNET.
The lawsuit involves wireless headphones. The suit claims the company uses their app. to track customers' music, podcasts and lectures... and then sells that information.
It's a reminder to read the fine print.
I saw that it does indeed say it could collect a lot of information, including GPS info, bluetooth info, maybe info that comes from other apps on your phone.
Audio choices can reveal a lot about a person, including potential clues to their religion or sexual orientation. The suit complains Bose is violating customer privacy.
Bose has not responded to a request for comment... but the accusations are nothing new in the high tech era.