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Problem Statements for MAC Address Randomization

Document Type Expired Internet-Draft (individual)
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Authors Yiu Lee , Jason Livingood , Jason Weil
Last updated 2021-03-26 (Latest revision 2020-09-22)
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MAC Addresses are Link Layer addresses used in IEEE Ethernet, WiFi, and other link layer protocols. A MAC Address is a fixed locally unique address assigned by the Network Interface Card (NIC) manufacturer, though they may be modified by an operating system, and they enable a device to connect to a network. Due to the static nature of a MAC Address, it raises some privacy concerns that have led to randomization of MAC Addresses by operating systems. This draft documents the impacts of MAC Address randomization to existing use cases of network and application services and proposes few next steps IETF may consider working on.


Yiu Lee
Jason Livingood
Jason Weil

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