Another tech company faces a privacy lawsuit as a proposed class-action lawsuit was filed in the Eastern Division of the Northern District of Illinois. The suit alleges that Bose, through its Bose Connect app, spies on its users and sells their information about their listening habits without permission. The main plaintiff states that after purchasing, he registered his headphones by giving Bose his name, e-mail address and the headphone serial number. He also downloaded the Bose Connect app, which Bose says adds functions to the headphones, such as customizing the level of noise cancellation.

According to the complaint, through the app, Bose collected information not covered by its privacy policy, including the name of the audio files its customers listen to. The complaint alleges that such data can be very personal, especially if the users are listening to podcasts or other files that can provide information about the user’s interests, political preferences, health conditions or other personal preferences. The complaint further accuses Bose of sharing the information with a data mining company. The lawsuit alleges that Bose’s actions violate Illinois state statutes protecting consumers’ against deceptive business practices, as well as the Federal Wiretapping Act.

Bose has stated that the information is not sold or collected to identify its users.

Connected devices, or everyday products that hook up to the Internet and pass information from the users to companies, continue to become progressively popular. Bose is not the first connected device company to be accused of sharing and selling information. As with any company, it is imperative that tech companies selling and promoting connected devices establish a transparent and honest privacy policy about the data collected and how it will be used. As more devices become “smart,” the boundaries between personal information and that which is shared freely become increasingly blurry.