11-18-2019 | Cs

The vice president of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs of the European Parliament (LIBE) declares that 'our data is fundamental to our freedom'

Maite Pagaza has addressed the European Data Protection Supervisor to inform the pioneer operation that has been forged between the National Statistics Institute (INE) and the main mobile phone operators in the country (Movistar, Orange and Vodafone).

As reported by the INE itself, the agency will control from today until next November 21 the movements of thousands of Spaniards through their mobile phones. The objective is to analyze the flows of people from the home to the workplace, where the workplace is in aggregate and establish trends that can be used for municipalities to make decisions regarding transport and mobility.

Pagaza has stressed that the operation launched by the INE generates an important “precedent”. "We know that the current European data protection regulation allows public institutions to use data to improve public policies," he recalled, "but at the same time we must ensure that European regulations are strictly adhered to." "Citizens must be informed at all times truthfully about the use made of their data," he said.

"We want the European Data Protection Supervisor to confirm that the operation has been carried out in accordance with the regulations," he insisted, "and that if any irregularity is detected, it will be corrected immediately to protect the rights of consumers." "Our data is fundamental to our freedom," he concluded.

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