Matthew Braga reports:
A joint venture between Canada’s three largest telecom companies has been selling the real-time location of its subscribers to third parties — as long as they have your consent, the company says.
EnStream, a joint venture between Rogers, Telus and Bell, isn’t new. It was originally formed in 2005 to develop ways for subscribers to make purchases with a mobile phone. Now, it’s in the business of providing “identity verification and authentication services,” helping third-party companies such as banks and insurance companies confirm you are who you say you are — and where you are.
It makes money, in part, by charging companies a fee to provide a user’s location.
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