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Bose are spying on headphone users and selling their private data, new lawsuit claims

Headphone maker hit with a lawsuit in Chicago...

Headphone and speaker manufacturer Bose has been implicated in a lawsuit that accuses the manufacturer of spying on its customers via the company's Bose Connect app.

The allegations come via Bose customer Kyle Zak who alleges that the Boston-based company is collecting data on its customers via its Bose Connect app, which users use to connect their headphones to devices, and then selling the data to third party marketing companies.

Zak, who has begun legal proceedings against Bose in Chicago, is alleging that the data created by each user, including song names, listening habits and the type of content they listen to is then sold to a data mining company, which contravenes the Wiretap Act, the Illinois Eavesdropping Statute and a number of US state privacy laws.

“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,” the lawsuit reads. 

The lawsuit is demanding damages and an injunction to prevent Bose from collecting and distributing customer's data in the future. 

Bose has yet to comment on the allegations.

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