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Parliamentary questions
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20 April 2017
Question for written answer E-002829-17
to the Commission
Rule 130
Gérard Deprez (ALDE)

 Subject:  Use of CGN
 Answer in writing 

The increasingly common use of the CGN (Carrier grade network address translation) by Internet access providers is complicating police investigations.

This technology enables access providers to share a single IP address among multiple users simultaneously, making it technically impossible for them to comply with their legal obligation to identify individual users, given that a given IP address may be shared by over a thousand subscribers.

Belgium has accordingly concluded a voluntary code of conduct with access providers undertaking to limit (to a maximum of 16) the number of users of any IP address, restrict the use of CGN technology and ensure as soon as possible the transition to the new generation Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6), offering an unlimited combination of IP addresses and replacing the overloaded IPv4 version.

In view of this:

Is it not necessary to initiate legislation in this area? Should CGN issues not be discussed within the EU Internet Forum?

Original language of question: FR 
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