The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is one of the hottest topics in privacy, as 5G is within communications. Interestingly, both the EU GDPR and the first release of a 5G standard will arrive in 2018. In this blog post we discuss important impacts of the EU GDPR on 5G.
IMSI catchers are devices used to intercept wireless traffic and trace subscribers by their long-term identifiers (IMSIs). While the phenomenon is often exaggerated, IMSI catchers do pose a threat to subscriber privacy. On-going 5G standardization done in 3GPP is a golden opportunity to improve subscribers’ privacy by constructing a protocol architecture that protects against IMSI catchers.