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The announcement of the INE that for 8 days it will trace the location of the Spanish through their mobile phone has risen bias between many users, that along this week they have asked explanations to their carriers, and do not know to what extent it will ensure your anonymity.To be able to study the patterns of displacement of the spaniards during those days -18, 19, 20 and 21 November, 24 November, 25 December, July 20 and August 15— the INE will pay half a million euros to the largest mobile operators —Movistar, Vodafone and Orange—. In particular, Telefónica will receive 163.615,86 euros, Vodafone 150,000 euros and Orange 185.000 euros, according to the records of tendering of some services provided by the management platforms mass data of each of the operators.With the information gathered, the INE will be able to analyze aspects such as what are the movements most common in the day-to-day, what movements are more common on vacation, or to better measure the depopulation in the rural world. However, he has insisted that “the operators shall not provide individual data on phone numbers, or the owners of the lines, so that in any case, the INE will be able to track the position of any terminal”.While the operators claim that the assignment of these data does not violate the law force, the Spanish Agency for Data Protection (AEPD) has already asked the INE, information on the protocols established with the operators for the use of the data. In addition, associations of consumers and the OCU already warn that the location of a mobile phone is already a personal data, according to the General Regulation of Data Protection, so that the fact that the data are “anonymised” would not be sufficient and would ensure that “we study, in aggregated form”.As explained from Computer Today, do not simply deactivate the GPS system of the mobile phone to prevent from tracking your location, since the devices are connected permanently to a phone antenna.All will depend on the company that have contracted to be able to prevent that transfer of data. While Vodafone and Orange allow their customers to perform this operation, Movistar does not give this option.In the case of Vodafone, its customers may request, through the application of My Vodafone, which does not collect this data connection to the antenna. As they explained in their social network, in the section My account you can access Permissions, and preferences > Permissions, and the enable the setting “do Not accept that Vodafone give harmonised data”. This company ensures that commercial use of data does not include personal data and only allow you to know the number of devices that are connected at a particular time to an antenna specific, without knowing the flow of the same.
Hello, if you are on Vodafone you can manage it from our App My Vodafone>My account>Permissions & preferences>Permissions, and activate the setting “do Not accept that Vodafone give harmonised data …" anyway, even if you agree to share them, would always be anonymous data. Greetings.
— Vodafone España (@vodafone_es) October 29, 2019
If you’re a customer of Lowi, which belongs to Vodafone, the procedure is similar, but since the application My Lowi: Settings > Notifications > Permissions and preferences.Orange, for its part, provides its clients with two ways to perform this operation: to send a e-mail to email@example.com or by mail to the offices of Orange in Spain (Paseo Club Deportivo 1, Parque Empresarial, La Finca Edificio 8, 28223 Pozuelo de Alarcón, Madrid). In both cases you need to include a copy of ID to verify the identity of that user.Only Movistar, Vodafone and Orange have been added to this study by the INE, so if you’re a customer of another operator such as Simyo, Pepephone, Jazztel, Enjoyable or Masmóvil your data will not be tracked although using networks of major carriers, as they have separate databases.The data that will provide the operators are not positional, that is to say, does not consist in giving the position of the telephones mobile, but in the count of terminals that have in a place at a particular time. In this way, do not enter in collision with the Data Protection Act.The hours in which the INE will collect data during those eight days will be at 6.00, 10.00, 14.00, 18.00, 22.00 and 2.00 h.With these data may be, for example, to know where to move the population to work, or to what parts of Spain you travel when you take vacation, which in turn provides information about transports and public services that could be improved.To perform those statistics, the methodology of the study divides the national territory in about 3.200 cells, each with at least 5,000 residents, said this week the INE in a press release.For each cell, the statistical agency will receive information of the three phone operators listed on how many terminals are in the cell at various times of the day.
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November 2, 2019
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