21st April 2017/ CYBER NEWS
Your headphones are leaking… personal data
Leading US audio equipment company Bose has been taken to court for allegedly using its smartphone application to collect personally identifiable information on users. Having harvested the listener’s personal details through its Bose Connect app, it is apparently selling on the data to third parties.
Most people won’t be too concerned about having their taste in music – however dubious – broadcast to all and sundry, though they may object to the general principle of personal data being sold on unbeknownst to them. However, the complainant makes the valid point that someone listening to Islamic prayers through their Bose headphones could be, correctly or incorrectly, identified as Muslim – which might have an impact on their right to privacy within the current political climate.
Ironically for a company that makes its living from audio, Bose is keeping stumm on this.