Bose SoundSport Wireless

Bose SoundSport Wireless

Review date: Oct. 23, 2019

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Mozilla says

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People voted: Somewhat creepy
Sporty, somewhat wireless (they have a wire running between the two earbuds, so not truly wireless) earbuds that let you sweat all you want. Sounds fun. And as anyone who has used (somewhat) wireless earbuds knows, they are super easy to lose, especially at the gym. So Bose teamed up with Tile, the makers of those little Bluetooth trackers, to integrate that tracking feature into your earbuds via a software update. Sounds handy. Tile also has a "community find" feature that will let other people with the Tile app find your headphones and alert your Tile app where they are. Sounds nice, if maybe a little creepy?

What could happen if something goes wrong?

Bose didn't respond to our privacy and security questions when we reached out to them. It's possible Bose could scoop up your information when you use these headphones and share it with others without your knowledge or consent. Bose currently is fighting a class action lawsuit for doing just that. Also, these headphones have Tile tracking technology built-in to help you find your headphones through the Tile app if lost. As we mention in our Tile review, Tile has a "community find" feature that will let anyone with the Tile app find your Tile and alert your app where it is. This is a good feature...that could potentially be used for bad purposes.
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Can it snoop on me? information

Camera

Device: No

App: No

Microphone

Device: Yes

App: No

Tracks location

Device: Yes

App: Yes

What can be used to sign up?

What data does the company collect?

How does the company use this data?

How can you control your data?

What is the company’s known track record of protecting users’ data?

Average

Can this product be used offline?

Can’t Determine

User-friendly privacy information?

No

Links to privacy information

Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards? information

Yes

Encryption

Yes

Uses encryption for the Bluetooth.

Strong password

N/A

The device pairs securely via Bluetooth, which does not require a password.

Security updates

Yes

Does it get regular software/firmware updates?

Manages vulnerabilities

Yes

Is there a system in place for managing security vulnerabilities?

Privacy policy

Yes

Does it have a privacy policy?

Does the product use AI? information

Can’t Determine

Is this AI untrustworthy?

Can’t Determine

What kind of decisions does the AI make about you or for you?

Is the company transparent about how the AI works?

Can’t Determine

Does the user have control over the AI features?

Can’t Determine

*privacy not included

Dive Deeper

  • Bose accused of spying on users, illegal wiretapping via Bose Connect app
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  • Bose headphones have been spying on customers, lawsuit claims
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  • A message to our Bose Connect App customers
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  • Federal Judge Refuses to Toss a Class Action Lawsuit Against Bose and Its ‘Collect’ App
    Digital Music News Link opens in a new tab

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