The company had recently announced integration with voice responsive smart speakers like Google Home and Amazon Echo. That sounds great, but as Sonos rolls out the integration it will begin collecting more customer data about audio settings, system errors and other account information of users. And if customers don’t agree, they won’t be able to update their speakers which means they will soon “cease to function.”
Worse yet, the new Sonos policy requires that you agree to share information about your WiFi network, the devices that you use with the Sonos system, the names of rooms on your system, and your logins for integrated services with companies other than Sonos.
And this is a big problem, as recently noticed by two law professors. In their book, “The End of Ownership” , Aaron Perzanowski, a law professor at Case Western Reserve University, and Jason Schultz, a law professor at New York University, note that today’s market that offers a choice between ownership of physical goods and conditional access to digital goods.”The most immediate consequence of nonownership is the long list of substantive rights we lose,” they wrote. “The prohibitions found in most EULAs and enforced by most DRM contrast starkly with the default rules of private property. You can’t resell a product you don’t own. You can’t lend it, give it away, or donate it. You can’t read, watch, or listen on unapproved devices. You can’t modify or repair the devices you use.”