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The National Statistics Institute (INE) has reached an agreement with Vodafone, Movistar and Orange that will allow the organization to track, for eight days, mobile phones throughout Spain in order to obtain information on the mobility of Spaniards, have confirmed Europa Press in sources of the organization.

The telephone data provided by the operators to the INE will be completely anonymous and the 'tracking' will comprise these eight days: 18, 19, 20 and 21 November (all working days); 24 November (Sunday); 25 December (holiday); 20 July, and 15 August.

In this way, it will be possible to obtain information on the mobility of Spaniards on working days, on Sundays, at certain times of the summer and on such an important holiday like Christmas Day, when many families gather to celebrate this holiday.

Sources from the organization have indicated to Europa Press that the data provided by the operators are not positional, that is to say, they will not consist of giving the position of the mobile phones, but of the count of terminals in a place at a certain time. In this way, there is no collision with the Data Protection Act.

With this data, it will be possible, for example, to know where the population goes to work or what parts of Spain they travel to when they take holidays, which in turn provides information on transport and public services that could be improved.

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