CRTC aims to give parents more control over cellphone data charges

(CP) - Canada's telecom regulator will begin looking today at ways to give parents more control over household cellphone data charges as part of a review of its four-year-old wireless code of conduct.

The CRTC says questions will be raised at hearings this week in Gatineau, Quebec about cellphone family plans that spread data use over a number of devices in a household.

Account holders have complained that it's too easy for children to approve data overage charges at the push of a button.

The first wireless code, implemented in 2013, effectively killed three-year contracts, which often resulted in higher monthly bills as service providers worked to recoup the cost of subsidized smartphones over 24 months instead.