Carol Ansley (Affiliation: Self), Chair
RCM SG began with an initiative within the IEEE 802.11 working group to consider the merits and challenges presented by randomized and changing MAC addresses within an 802.11-based network, with particular considerations to already existing or upcoming deployments of such randomized and changing MAC addresses. The initiative started as a Topic Interest Group (TIG) in the May 2019 meeting. The TIG generated enough interest and contributions to justify the kick off of a RCM Study Group in April of 2020.
The study group was tasked with developing two sets of PAR/CSD documents. Below is the motion approved by the EC to form the study group.
Approve the formation of the 802.11 Randomized and Changing MAC addresses (RCM) Study Group to develop 2 Project Authorization Requests (PARs) and Criteria for Standards Development (CSDs) for 2 projects to:
1. Develop an amendment into IEEE Std 802.11 with modifications, feature additions, or recommendations, to improve the STA’s user experience in environments where non-AP STAs use random/changing MAC addresses. To consider use cases such as (but not limited to):
o −Initial Infrastructure Connection Steering
o −Customer Support and Troubleshooting
o −Arrival detection in a home environment, or other trusted environment
o This must not compromise current levels of privacy protection afforded by the IEEE 802.11 standard or best understanding of current practices in RCM implementations.
2. Develop an amendment into IEEE Std 802.11 with modifications, feature additions, or recommendations, to improve user privacy. This includes a review of IEEE P802E and its implications on IEEE Std 802.11. See also 11-19-0588-r2 (by Amelia Andersdotter).
The working group has reviewed and approved an 11bh PAR and CSD (11-20/1795r1 and 11-20/1114r5) sent by the RCM SG. The PAR and CSD have reached the SASB and are awaiting approval.
The working group has reviewed and approved an 11bi PAR and CSD (11-20/1801r0 and 11-20/1364r4) sent by the RCM SG. The PAR and CSD have reached the SASB and are awaiting approval.
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