Review date: Nov. 8, 2021
What's this? Headphones that 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 you put these things on. Hey, that actually sounds good.
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
Can it snoop on me?
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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