Privacy and 802.11d

Discussion in 'privacy general' started by Q Section, Nov 11, 2013.

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  1. Q Section

    Q Section Registered Member

    Feb 5, 2003
    Headquarters - London & Field Offices -Worldwide

    For those security and privacy minded, has anyone considered in addition to every other security/privacy measure a protocol known as IEEE 802.11d? This is a part of a wireless network. Most will say something like "I know I use a/b/g/n or ac" and those are known as IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n and IEEE 802.11ac.

    The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers is an international organisation which creates and establishes standards "...for the benefit of humanity." They are not an evil group working for "them" to gain an additional foothold into our private lives.

    802.11d supplies geographic information to transmitted frames which are attached to beacons, probes and probe requests. Within the frames are data containing the country name and a few more items particular to the wireless network within a given geographic location when the wireless components were installed among other things.

    Those who use wireless networking and are interested in privacy may wish to read more about this standard on how it is used and if one should have a concern about it. Does this protocol still contain and pass data even if one's wireless is turned off (via ethernet)? Does it only work during setup of a wireless network? The reason for its creation is to determine how many channels a wireless network would use and a few other settings depending on the country as some countries use more channels than others.

    This is food for thought. Apologies as to adding additional subjects to study pertaining to security and privacy and to know about as if there were not enough already.

    Best regards,
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