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Automated historical tracking of data sent to third parties

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000201085D
Publication Date: 2010-Nov-08
Document File: 1 page(s) / 40K

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Abstract

Data protection and freedom of information often allows you to request from a business all the information you have previously sent to them. There are many difficulties associated with this including the length of time it may take a business to respond, knowing the appropriate method for making the request, or even knowing what businesses you have previously sent information to. With much of our information sharing done over computer networks, it should be possible for an automated system to help track what information is shared with others so the businesses may not even need to be contacted.

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Automated historical tracking of data sent to third parties

Disclosed is a system that automatically identifies data sent by a user over a computer network to a third party, determines the identity of the third party, historically tracks data sent against each third party and provides a mechanism for understandable viewing and filtering of this data.

    An example use case would be when changing address and wanting to know which businesses that knew a previous address have yet to be informed of the change. This could be achieved by filtering the tracked data by businesses that have been sent a user's previous address (e.g. by searching for those that have had data sent containing the old address postcode). This list of businesses could then further be filtered by those that have already been sent the new address (e.g. by searching for those that have not had data sent containing the new address postcode). The resulting list is a number of business that would likely benefit from an address update.

    The system collecting data can be a standalone application running on the user's computer that monitors outgoing network traffic, or a browser plugin doing the same. This could also be achieved using a proxy/router machine between the user's computer and rest of the network but a means for matching the user to the data may be needed (e.g. if multiple people use the same computer).

    Different businesses are identified at the most basic level by server domains and IP addresses, with WHOI...