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Method to ensure privacy and prevent chat recording.

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000038552D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Jan-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-31
Document File: 2 page(s) / 32K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Method to ensure privacy and prevent chat recording. What is proposed is a security/privacy handshake that occurs on the opening and connection of a chat session. This gives all parties the opportunity to assess their privacy requirements before accepting a chat invitation. Further, privacy functions can be enabled to ensure personal privacy.

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Method to ensure privacy and prevent chat recording .

As the use of chat sessions grows within the corporate world, there is a growing concern about privacy. Specifically, chat programs allow any participant to record chat sessions. While the use of recording instruments (such as tape players or cameras) are explicitly forbidden within most corporations, the "live chat transcripts" have not been addressed. What if a chatter made a quick derogatory comment about a co-worker during a chat session. While one may not be recording that chat, the person one is conversing with could well be recording one's comments in an ascsii transcript. If that ascii transcript were ever published, then one could suffer potential reprecussions.

What is proposed is a security/privacy handshake that occurs on the opening and connection of a chat session. This gives all parties the opportunity to assess their privacy requirements before accepting a chat invitation. Further, privacy functions can be enabled to ensure personal privacy.

Imbedded into the core of the chat program is the security-privacy level of the chat initiator. For examples, the levels could be:

0 - no recording or mirroring of chat text 1 - mirroring of chat text to another viewer (but not saved to a file) 2 - recording of chat text to local ascii file 3 - recording of chat text to general department server file

A typical level would be "2", having a recording onto your personal computer files so that one can reference...