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Passport File for Secure Access to the Internet

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000117432D
Original Publication Date: 1996-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-31
Document File: 2 page(s) / 80K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Rodriguez, H: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a method using passport file to provide information to a World Wide Web site on an individual user attempting to gain access to the site. The passport file includes virtual information, which the user is willing to share, and real information, which, being sensitive, is closely guarded by the user.

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Passport File for Secure Access to the Internet

      Disclosed is a method using passport file to provide
information to a World Wide Web site on an individual user attempting
to gain access to the site.  The passport file includes virtual
information, which the user is willing to share, and real
information, which, being sensitive, is closely guarded by the user.

      With this method, when a user has acquired a passport file,
any Web site needing certain information about the user can obtain it
directly from the passport file.  However, the user can always
determine whether information is private, and not to be shared, or
public.  The user can also specify certain information to be
considered non-confidential but private in nature.

      Real information may include sensitive information about the
user, such as his name and address, credit card information, and his
social security number.  Virtual information may include a virtual,
not real, identification that can be used when visiting Web sites or
browsing showrooms on the Internet.  This information may be
encrypted if the user so desires.  In general, virtual information
includes information not perceived by the user as confidential.  Such
information may include the user's preferences, tastes, and reasons
for visiting certain web sites.  At the user's option, virtual
information can be converted to real information through a simple
menu selection, causing the selected information to become restricted
to others on the Web.  Thus, a user can present himself with his real
identity when it is needed, or as a virtual person when he wants to
assume such an identity.  For example, a virtual identification can
be used as an alias in role-playing games.

      A user's passport file is stored and maintained in a
highly-secured environment, with a particular server, called a
passport agent, guaranteeing the integrity of the passport file.  The
passport agent acts as a clearinghouse, ensuring that no impostors
assume the identity of the real passport file owner, and using
encryption mechanisms to ensure privacy and data integrity.

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