If you worry that internet companies are accessing your personal information and sharing it with advertisers and others, sometimes without your permission, you need to hear this. Your privacy may be at risk in a way you never imagined.
You've heard about your privacy being invaded on webcams, where hackers can watch you at your most vulnerable moments. You've heard about smart TVs watching you, too. You've heard about websites and internet giants like Microsoft sharing your personal information with advertisers.
But you've probably never thought that your privacy is at risk because of the music, news and podcasts you listen to. Do you remember Bose, the company that makes high-end stereos?
As it turns out, Bose is collecting massive amounts of information about you. Worse, they're sharing it with companies that have almost no limits on who they'll share your personal information with.
Think about what your music and news choices say about you. Do you listen to religious and political content that some people might find offensive? Do you listen to music and talk shows that could reveal private information about you that you'd rather not share with companies and people you don't know?
Those types of concerns are at the heart of the Bose lawsuit, which could end up costing Bose millions of dollars. It involves the Bose Connect app.
You use it with some of Bose's well-reviewed and often expensive wireless headphones, including QuietComfort 35, QuietControl 30, SoundSport Wireless, Sound Sport Pulse Wireless, SoundLink Around-Ear Wireless Headphones II, and others.
Bose is accused of violating privacy laws, illegally collecting people's personal information and the WireTap Act. Bose, according to the lawsuit, collects information about you without your permission. Worse, they then share your personal information with companies such as Segment, which collects information about "customers" and shares it with other companies and people.
The lawsuit says, in part, that Bose is "secretly collecting, transmitting, and disclosing its customers’ private music and audio selections to third parties, including a data mining company."
Bose said they'll fight the claims and said they are contacting their customers. If you'd like to read the lawsuit, you can see it here: Class action complaint against Bose.