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Method to Identify Electronic Mail Recipients

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111561D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 53K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Salahshour, A: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Often times electronic office users exchange classified mail items (e.g., a mail item referring to a classified project which is intended for specific recipients around the network). The recipients of the items, intentionally or unintentionally, may in turn forward the notice to another user/distribution list. A problem arises when a classified mail item is redistributed without the knowledge of the originator of the mail item. A mechanism is desired to assist the originator of a mail item to find out all the recipients of a specific mail item including the indirect recipients that have received the notice through a user other than the originator of the mail item.

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Method to Identify Electronic Mail Recipients

      Often times electronic office users exchange classified mail
items (e.g., a mail item referring to a classified project which is
intended for specific recipients around the network).  The recipients
of the items, intentionally or unintentionally, may in turn forward
the notice to another user/distribution list.  A problem arises when
a classified mail item is redistributed without the knowledge of the
originator of the mail item.  A mechanism is desired to assist the
originator of a mail item to find out all the recipients of a
specific mail item including the indirect recipients that have
received the notice through a user other than the originator of the
mail item.

      The method described in this article provides a mail
notification mechanism to globally acknowledge the forwarding of a
specific mail item and return an audit report indicating the
recipient's identification information (e.g., name, electronic
address, telephone number, location, etc.) to the originator of the
item.   More specifically, this mechanism allows the originator of a
mail item to request a receipt from all the recipients of a specific
item that has been distributed in the network.  This can include all
the direct and indirect recipients of the item.  Direct recipients
are the users in the original distribution list that are explicitly
specified by the originator of an item.  The indirect recipients are
the ones who receive a m...