Jabra Elite Earbuds
If you're more the sporty type or if you just don't like wearing big, over the ear headphones, Jabra's Elite series of little earbuds might be for you. They do all the things: noise cancelling, custom sound levels for music, multiple microphones for calls, filtering out noise, and listening for you to ask Alexa, Siri, or Google to play that next song with up to 32 hours of battery life. The latest models, Elite 8 Active and Elite 10, might even be the toughest, most advanced earbuds ever? Wow! All shoved right into your ears. Best of all, Jabra seems happy to sell you their earbuds and not sell your data.
What could happen if something goes wrong?
Yep, it seems like while other companies that make wearables were cooking up ways to use your personal information, Jabra was busy studying 62,000 ear scans to better design these buds to stay in your ears -- a much more worthy endeavor!
And really, these earbuds just don’t collect a whole lot of data on you. If you download the app to control certain features, which isn’t required to use these little headphones but sure makes things nicer, you’ll have to give them some basic personal information. But even the personal information you do enter into the app, like your gender, profile picture, or birthday, won't be sent to Jabra unless you share it. All in all, these earbuds feel pretty private. They are even the chosen earbuds of this *Privacy Not Included researcher!
Tips to protect yourself
- Consider deleting your location data in Jabra+ app
- Consider using your headphones without connecting it to an app. This way, you may decrease amount of data collected
- Use your device privacy controls to limit access to your personal information via app (do not give access to your camera, microphone, images, location unless necessary)
- Keep your app regularly updated
- Limit ad tracking via your device (eg on iPhone go to Privacy -> Advertising -> Limit ad tracking) and biggest ad networks (for Google, go to Google account and turn off ad personalization)
- Request your data be deleted once you stop using the app. Simply deleting an app from your device usually does not erase your personal data.
- When starting a sign-up, do not agree to tracking of your data if possible.
What can be used to sign up?
What data does the company collect?
Name, address and country, email, telephone number; emails, letters, calls, messages or chats (if you contact the company).
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?
No known incidents in the last 3 years.
Child Privacy Information
Can this product be used offline?
User-friendly privacy information?
Jabra has two different privacy policies -- a general one and an app specific one -- that could be easy to confuse.
Links to privacy information
Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards?
You can connect to Alexa or Google assistant.
Is this AI untrustworthy?
What kind of decisions does the AI make about you or for you?
If you connect to Alexa or Google Assistant, the voice recognition is used.
Is the company transparent about how the AI works?
Does the user have control over the AI features?
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