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British tourists will be subject to a shocking surveillance programme in the Balearics, as part of a crackdown on mass tourism.

Spain has been gripped by anti-tourist mania, as local residents become increasingly frustrated about the ever-growing influx of foreign visitors.

Last Saturday over 100,000 people marched through the streets of Tenerife, demanding change to the current tourism model.

The protests have sent shockwaves through the corridors of power, prompting some local authorities to take drastic action.

Officials in Majorca have decided to track the number of tourists visiting their stunning beaches by spying on them using their mobile phones.

Sensors in mobile phones will help keep track of the number of people visiting the beaches.

Local authorities say they are collecting hard data on tourist numbers, so as to be able to plan better for the future.

They have not ruled out imposing tougher rules and limitations on visitor numbers, as they seek to appease angry locals.

The trial will start at an as yet unnamed beach before being rolled out across the islands.

Some potential spots are thought to be Es Trenc in Campos, Cala Varques in Manacor or Caló des Moro in Santanyi.

Majorca is a hugely popular destination for sun-loving Brits, with over 2.3 million visiting each year.

Last year British tourists were some of the biggest spenders in Spain, splashing out even more cash than the Germans.

Yet tourists are being made to feel ever less welcome, with “Go Home” graffiti spayed on buildings and roads.

Protesters in Tenerife insisted they were not “tourist phobic” but wanted to highlight the damage that mass tourism was doing to the environment.

They also said a proliferation in holiday apartments was driving up property values, pricing residents out of the market.

Many also claimed that tourist businesses such as hotels, bars and restaurants were in the main owned by foreign entities and did not benefit local communities.

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