Review date: 11/02/2020
What's this? Headphones that actually brag about how well they play music and cancel sound? It's refreshing to see. Sony seems to focus on all things audio with these pricey, critically acclaimed wireless headphones. They do offer something called "smart listening technology" so when you start to talk, the headphones pause the music so you can have a "hands-free conversation" (who knew we needed hands-free conversations!). For the most part, Sony keeps it all about what you hear — or don't hear — when put these things on. Sounds good.
What could happen if something goes wrong
Can it snoop on me?
What is required to sign up?
Third party account
What data does it collect?
If using the headphones connect app, the following data is collected: Name, email address, postal code, date of birth
If you enable Alexa or the Google Assistant, your voice data will go back to those providers
How does it use this data?
How can you control your data?
What is the company’s known track record for protecting users’ data?
No known incidents in the last 2 years.
Can this product be used offline?
User friendly privacy information?
Links to privacy information
Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards?
Uses encryption for the Bluetooth.
You can use the headphones without having to create a password. The device pairs securely via Bluetooth, which does not require a password. If you choose to use the app, it does require a password if you'd like to use the "Backup and restoration of settings" functionality.
This is optional. Select "Automatic download of software" of ‘Headphones Connect’" app to enable you to automatically keep your software updated.
Sony has a bug bounty program, which means that anyone who finds a security issue and discloses it responsibly may get paid. https://hackerone.com/sony