On average, Canada’s cellphone carriers collect data from around 50,000 Canadians every year.
Some companies like Rogers, Bell and Telus have been fined for their practices, while others are still allowed to collect data.
The Globe and Mail has compiled a list of which companies have the highest bills for cell phone spy and surveillance.
Some of the companies are well known for collecting the most data, while other companies have a poor record.
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The data collected includes the phone numbers of customers, IP addresses, duration of use and call length.
The companies also keep records of when the phone was last used and the number of calls.
The data is then sent to a third party, which in turn is used for tracking and targeting people.
The information from these third parties is used to create profiles on people based on their locations, age, social and political affiliations, income, race, and religion.
The company also sells the information to advertisers, which can target them based on what they know about you.
In 2018, Rogers Communications collected over $1.2 billion in phone bill fines, according to data obtained by the Globe.
The company was fined $6.2 million for the misuse of data from its cell phones.
The largest fine was for $2.3 billion in 2018, followed by Telus, which was fined a whopping $7.3 million.
The fines were linked to Telus’ usage of location data and its billing practices, and in some cases, it even used this information to track the people who visited its websites.
Rogers declined to comment on the data collection practices of its customers.