Tiny little wireless, water resistant earbuds that cancel noise, play music, let you make calls, and bug Google Assistant or Alexa with all your questions. Sony's wireless earbuds look cool and comes with a "high-friction rubber surface" that's supposed to keep them snug in your ear, even if that feature sounds kinda funny. Sony, can we please talk for a minute about how you've developed the world's most confusing naming system for your headphone though? Because, really, what is up with that?
What could happen if something goes wrong?
Sony does say it may use or share de-identified personal data for advertising purposes. This 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.
Tips to protect yourself
- Consider setting up a password for Bluetooth pairing
- Consider using your headphones without connecting it to an app. This way, you may decrease amount of data collected
What can be used to sign up?
What data does the company collect?
If a user connects to the "Sony headphones connect" application: email, date of birth.
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.
Can this product be used offline?
User-friendly privacy information?
Links to privacy information
Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards?
The optional "Headphones Connect " App requires a password when you use the "Backup and restoration of settings" function.
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