Bose De­FenDs WiRe­taP suit

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A class-ac­tion law­suit filed in the United States claims that Bose’s Con­nect app col­lects con­sumer data in a man­ner in­con­sis­tent with cur­rent US laws. The class-ac­tion suit, filed on be­half of plain­tiff Kyle Zak, (Zak v. Bose Corp. et al., suit num­ber 1:17-cv-02928, in the U.S. District Court for the North­ern District of Illi­nois) claims that the Bose Con­nect app in­ter­cepts the con­tent trans­mit­ted wire­lessly from your mo­bile de­vice to var­i­ous Bose head­phone mod­els in­clud­ing the Qui­etCom­fort 35, SoundS­port Wire­less, Sound Sport Pulse Wire­less, Qui­etCon­trol 30, SoundLink Around-Ear Wire­less Head­phones II, and SoundLink Colour II, and that Bose: ‘ fails to no­tify or warn cus­tomers that Bose Con­nect mon­i­tors and col­lects—in real time—the mu­sic and au­dio tracks played through their Bose Wire­less Prod­ucts. Nor does Bose dis­close that it trans­mits the col­lected lis­ten­ing data to third par­ties,’ which he claims con­tra­venes the Illi­nois Eaves­drop­ping Statute and the Fed­eral Wire­tap Act.

Bose claims the com­mu­ni­ca­tion in­volved is only be­tween the app and com­pat­i­ble Bose head­phones and that the app can’t ac­cess com­mu­ni­ca­tions be­tween a mu­sic app or smart­phone and third-party stream­ing mu­sic providers and that the Wire­tap Act doesn’t ap­ply in any case be­cause it only ap­plies to com­mu­ni­ca­tions be­tween two sep­a­rate par­ties, nei­ther of which is the al­leged in­ter­cep­tor. Fur­ther, Bose says the Wire­tap Act also doesn’t ap­ply be­cause they don’t af­fect in­ter­state or for­eign com­merce, which is re­quired for some­thing to be con­sid­ered an elec­tronic com­mu­ni­ca­tion un­der the Act.

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