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A new class-action lawsuit claims high-end headphone company Bose has been tracking and distributing customers’ data without telling them.
According to the complaint, filed late Tuesday in the U.S. District Court in Chicago, the headphone company’s Bose Connect app does more than just pair wireless headphones with the music in their devices — it also connects the user’s entire listening history with third-party data mining companies.
A person’s music and podcast listening history can likely reveal personal and identifying details, the lawsuit says. For example, if a user listens to a Muslim prayer service, it is likely the individual is Muslim, the suit notes. Other potentially revealing information such as sexual orientation or health concerns could also be gleaned from the data, the suit says.