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Method to Preclude Unauthorized Sending or Forwarding of Mail Items

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111609D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 44K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Prior art provides an automatic acknowledgement to the originator when the recipient of an E-mail item receives the item. Prior art also allows the originator to specify particular User IDs such that acknowledgement will also be received if the mail item is ever forwarded to any of those IDs. However, the originator would frequently like to ensure that a particular note is not forwarded by the recipient.

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Method to Preclude Unauthorized Sending or Forwarding of Mail Items

      Prior art provides an automatic acknowledgement to the
originator when the recipient of an E-mail item receives the item.
Prior art also allows the originator to specify particular User IDs
such that acknowledgement will also be received if the mail item is
ever forwarded to any of those IDs.  However, the originator would
frequently like to ensure that a particular note is not forwarded by
the recipient.

      For example, the originator of a note sends the note to a
single recipient, and specifies that it is "For Your Eyes Only".
However, the originator cannot be sure that the recipient doesn't
forward the note to another user.  A method is needed to preclude
unauthorized sending or forwarding of particular notes.

      This system allows the originator of an E-mail note to ensure
that an outgoing note will not be forwarded by the recipient to any
other user.  The originator sends a note with the No Send (NS) option
which specifies to the system that this note cannot be sent or
forwarded again.  The NS attribute will stay with this note forever.

      For example, USER1 prepares a confidential note to USER2 and
USER3, and USER1 requests within the note that the note not be
forwarded to anyone else.  Due to the confidential nature of the
note, USER1 specifies the NS attribute when sending the note to USER2
and USER3.  USER2 receives the note, then deletes it.  However, USER3...