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Via a program called Vivint Mobile Solutions, the world’s largest wireless broadband provider, the telecom company has teamed up with a company called Vivabit to help you track down your personal data in Canada.
The company claims that by combining data from multiple sources, it can help you find out where your data is being used.
It’s an interesting program that Vivint is running in conjunction with its partner, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).
While it may seem a bit ambitious to have an entire company dedicated to tracking down your data, Vivint says that it’s the kind of information that can help the CRTC determine if a provider is operating a “risky” or “safer” business model.
The goal of the program is to help providers understand how much their customers are spending on data usage and, if so, what they’re spending that money on.
The CRTC’s rules don’t allow for any type of data collection or analysis, but they do allow for information sharing with other stakeholders.
As an example, the CRTF can ask providers to report the number of customers who are accessing their services from outside the country, as well as what types of data they’re sending to the United States.
The government is also required to collect and share all information on consumers to protect them from fraud, but the program has not yet been expanded to include information on data sent to or received by non-Canadian ISPs.
So far, the program’s just been testing out with a handful of providers.
And if you’re interested in helping to enforce data privacy, you can sign up to receive alerts from Vivint on how your data will be used.
The Verge has reached out to Vivint for comment.
The program is available now, and it’s free to sign up.