[ipv6hackers] Dynamic prefixes & privacy (was: IPv6 prefix changing)

Alex List alex.list.gm at googlemail.com
Mon Mar 12 08:15:02 CET 2012


I know that this discussion is not new [3], but to me the problem in
Germany seems to be more related to the fact that, without dynamic
prefixes, a residential customer would be obliged to use a sort of ID
he/she cannot change. Tracking is possible anyway. The problem is to
what extent one can influence that. In Germany there is (imho rather
utopic) the "law"/concept of informational self-determination [1]. A
fixed ID in the Internet can bring back the memories of [2], a very
sensitive topic, specially for older generations.

Regards, Alex

[1] http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Informationelle_Selbstbestimmung
[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stasi
[3] "dynamic or static IPv6 prefixes to residential customers",

2012/3/8 S.P.Zeidler <spz at serpens.de>
> Hi,
> Thus wrote Markus Reschke (madires at theca-tabellaria.de):
> [...]
> > The only thing I can think of is that the office for data privacy
> > recommends dynamic addresses. Since static addresses can be tracked
> > easily, nobody should be forced by the ISP to use them. Therefore
> > the default should be dynamic addresses with the option to switch to
> > static ones if requested by the customer.
> [...]
> I think that an (implied) assumption that dynamic addresses protect
> against tracking is a dangerous fallacy. Starting to get off-topic though.
> regards,
>        spz
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