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Data Privacy Manager (DPM): software to assign different levels of privacy to personal documents and applications managing them through virtual desktops.

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000022651D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Mar-23
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Mar-23
Document File: 2 page(s) / 119K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

In a normal working environment often an employee can need that some colleagues or support team members use his personal workstation in order to provide help. It can happen that you have to move from your working place for few minutes, leaving your personal data under total control of your possible malicious "helper". Even if you don't leave your computer unattended, there could be some active applications that can embarasse you exposing your private life or showing confidential information to malicious views (let's think for example to unexpected incoming chat messages or personal reminders).

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Data Privacy Manager (DPM): software to assign different levels of privacy to personal documents and applications
managing them through virtual desktops.

Data Privacy Manager

1. Problem Statement

In a common working environment often an employee can need that some colleagues or support team members use his personal workstation in order to provide help.

    It can happen that you have some "private" documents or e-mails active but minimized and you have to move from your working place for few minutes, leaving your possible malicious "helper" alone. In this case it could switch from the application he is authorized to work with to your personal application without any restrictions.

    Even if you don't leave your computer unattended, there could be some active applications that can embarasse you exposing your private life or showing confidential information to malicious views (let's think for example to unexpected incoming chat messages or personal reminders). The same applies if you are performing a presentation with your laptop and you forget to disable chat listeners, applications that provide reminders or scheduled jobs (i.e. antivirus scan) that could hide your slides.

    In other words all applications that create windows on a desktop in an uncontrolled way could represent a potential privacy lack that cannot be solved without closing these applications.

    The aim of Data Privacy Manager is to solve the problem described above providing a mechanism to easily switch through different views of your desktop according to particular scenarios.

2. Concepts

    Data Privacy Manager is a software to assign different levels of privacy to applications managing them through virtual desktops. DPM introduces the new concept of data privacy level that is a number that the system owner assigns to each application he wants to keep under control in particular situations. The higher privacy level he chooses the higher protection is assigned to the application.

    This protection is performed through a Virtual Privacy Desktop (VPD) that shows only the active applications with a privacy level lower than the one selected by the user.

    The user can select a V...