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The usage of 128 bit addresses with hexadecimal representation in IPv6 poses significant potential privacy issues. This paper discusses the means of allocating IPv6 addresses, along with the implications each method may have upon privacy in different usage scenarios. The division of address space amongst the global registries in a hierarchal fashion can provide geographical information about the location of an address, and its originating device. Many IPv6 address configuration methods aredoi:10.4225/75/57b556f5cd8d7 fatcat:l2vbwsphiresnp5nu7pzwwmdhu