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Analyzing the “MAC and IP Address as PI” Debate

ONLINE PRIVACY

July 25, 2012

In light of a debate during a U.S. Federal Communications Commission event in May, datagovernancelaw.com analyzes whether Media Access Control (MAC) and Internet Protocol (IP) addresses are personal information. Some experts assert they are not, while others disagree. The column queries, “Who is right? Why is it that we are still debating this fundamental issue?” Though MAC and IP addresses will rarely be considered personal information in and of themselves, “they are rich gateways to the collection and the accumulation of data points that can transform them into personal information,” the report states.
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