MAC Randomization in Mobile Devices (2019)

By Carol Ansley, CommScope, Inc.

Privacy is an important topic around the world as consumers discover that much of their personal information has been leaking away from them, particularly with the introduction of technology such as smartphones. For example, mobile devices, such as smartphones, with Wi-Fi® provide a way for companies large and small to track those who visit their premises or even just stroll by on the sidewalk.

Privacy advocates have been calling for improved privacy for mobile devices and mobile device companies recently have begun to change their devices’ behavior. This paper will discuss the original problem, which is still widespread, and cover some of the improvements that have been implemented or at least promised in upcoming device releases. The paper will close with a discussion of the areas that still need attention.

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