The phone could data to the census replace?


Thousands of people had followed their movements, by the office for National statistics, to see if you can find where you live and work.

The ONS is, and tried to take a picture of the people who commute on a daily basis – something that asks for it normally, for example in the census.

Mobile phones create a record of all the places visited, the phone is switched on by the user when.

Statisticians believe that the data are anonymized, it could one day census, replacing questions in England and Wales.

But, admittedly, it would have to perform a “comprehensive assessment” of the “privacy impact”, if it went that route.
‘Children’s Mobile Phones’

The experiment was carried out with data of subscribers to the Vodafone mobile network. It was limited to subscribers over the age of 18 and not people, the use of pay-as-you-go-phones.

It keeps track of where the phones were overnight, to find out where users live and where they traveled during the day, which was adopted in your workplace.

It focuses on three London boroughs – Lambeth, Southwark and Croydon – and saw how far people travelled to work, during four weeks in March and April of last year.

He painted a somewhat different picture of the 2011 census, with more people, obviously, their home borough on your daily commute.


Some of these may be on students, on the “falsely derived, as a commuter, as their motion behavior similar to,” the report said.

“It is also likely that some parents take out subscriptions for their children’s phones,” said the report, so that in the future, “the children of the school age and in higher education can therefore be included”.Last Census?

The mobile data underestimated the flows of some commuters, such as, for example, the number of persons travelling in Lambeth every day.

The study can not identify commuters with “non-standard employment relationships, such as night or shift workers, depot workers and those on zero-hours contracts”, or those that were ill on holiday, according to the report.

The ONS is now the question of feedback, in order to decide whether the new system will be rolled out wider.

The government and local authorities use this type of census, household and work structures to plan data, housing and transport networks.

The census was carried out every 10 years since 1801, with the exception of 1941, an overview of the size of the population of the country, and details about how people live and work.

But the government wants to be in the next census in 2021, the last to be carried out with the traditional paper-based questionnaire method.

It was asked to explore the Office for National Statistics, how the information that it needs to be able to get from alternative sources.