Bose Sport Earbuds

Bose Sport Earbuds

Bose
Bluetooth

Review date: Nov. 8, 2021

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Mozilla says

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People voted: Very creepy

According to Bose, these little workout earbuds won't quit before you do. Which, yay! Good wireless workout earbuds area dream. And these do all the typical Bose things like give you good audio, touch controls, and up to 5 hours use per charge. They also give you sweat and weather resistance so you can workout hard in the rain and they'll keep you going.

What could happen if something goes wrong?

A few years back Bose came under fire when it was alleged they were secretly collecting personal information about users through the Bose app. Bose fought the class action lawsuit based on these allegations. And early in 2021, Bose made a good change when they stopped requiring users to create an account to use the Bose Music app that controls their headphones and speakers. Yay for progress!

Bose does say it may use or share de-identified personal data for any purpose they choose, without limitation. This use of anonymized data is generally OK, although many privacy researchers will point out it is relatively easy to de-anonymize such data. Also, if you choose to use Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant with this smart speaker, know that Google and Amazon will collect data on the voice requests you make. What’s the worst that could happen with these fancy headphones? Well, hopefully not too much, we hope.

Tips to protect yourself

  • If you use Alexa or Google Assistant, set up the respective privacy settings.
  • Consider using your headphones without connecting it to an app. This way, you may decrease amount of data collected
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Can it snoop on me? information

Camera

Device: No

App: No

Microphone

Device: Yes

App: No

Tracks location

Device: No

App: Yes

What can be used to sign up?

What data does the company collect?

How does the company use this data?

Bose may receive information about you from other sources, such as business partners, marketers, researchers, analysts, social network services, and other parties. Bose may use third-party analytics services on their Services (e.g., Google Analytics, Adobe Analytics).

How can you control your data?

Bose will delete or de-identify information when it is no longer needed to fulfill these purposes, unless a longer retention period is required to comply with applicable laws.

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

Average

Bose suffered a ransomware attack in March 2021, it leaked employee and financial data, but no consumer-related data.

Can this product be used offline?

Can’t Determine

User-friendly privacy information?

Yes

The privacy policy is detailed on all aspects we are interested in

Links to privacy information

Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards? information

Yes

Encryption

Yes

Uses encryption in transit and at rest.

Strong password

Yes

Security updates

Yes

Manages vulnerabilities

Yes

Privacy policy

Yes

Does the product use AI? information

No


News

Bose no longer requires you to make an account just to use its app
The Verge
Recent Bose headphones and earbuds have come with a somewhat frustrating requirement: to use the accompanying Bose Music app, you needed to create an account.

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