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INSTANT UPLOAD FILTERED BY PARTICULAR DEVICE

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000222532D
Publication Date: 2012-Oct-16
Document File: 1 page(s) / 83K

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Abstract

Applications that upload photos automatically from a capturing device (for e.g., camera phone) are becoming more prevalent. Oftentimes, these capturing devices can use removable storage media (for e.g., memory cards, MicroSD cards, etc.) to store the photos and then transmit them to a cloud photo service. This means that user A could take User B’s memory card, insert it into user A’s capturing device, and then have user B’s photos on the memory card transmitted into User A’s cloud account. Since users usually don’t think about such unintended consequences when they share memory cards with each other, this could be a real privacy and usability problem.

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INSTANT UPLOAD FILTERED BY PARTICULAR DEVICE

Thomas Kang, Sean Robertson

Applications that upload photos automatically from a capturing device (for e.g., camera phone) are becoming more prevalent. Oftentimes, these capturing devices can use removable storage media (for e.g., memory cards, MicroSD cards, etc.) to store the photos and then transmit them to a cloud photo service. This means that user A could take User B's memory card, insert it into user A's capturing device, and then have user B's photos on the memory card transmitted into User A's cloud account. Since users usually don't think about such unintended consequences when they share memory cards with each other, this could be a real privacy and usability problem.

SUMMARY

Device-identifying information provided in a capturing device are used to identify particular ones of the photos that were taken with the capturing device and filter out the ones that were not taken by the capturing device. The device-identifying information is available to applications running on the capturing device and can be used to strictly restrict transmitting only the select ones of the photos taken by the capturing device to the cloud photo service.

EXAMPLE IMPLEMENTATION

We propose using device-identifying information captured in the photo metadata (e.g., within the JPEG EXIF header (Joint Photographic Experts Group Exchangeable Image File format)) to identify specific ones of the photos that were taken with a particular capt...