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Method and System for Controlling Disclosure of Personal Information in Social Media Settings

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000232234D
Publication Date: 2013-Oct-27
Document File: 3 page(s) / 49K

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Abstract

A method and system is disclosed for controlling disclosure of personal information in social media settings. The method and system alerts/hides when personal information associated with a user is posted in a social network. Accordingly, the user may set rules to hide personal information such as, but not limited to, phone number and address, when the personal information is published in a social network.

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Method and System for Controlling Disclosure of Personal Information in Social Media Settings

In a social media site, such as corporate social media sites, someone in a group with a public setting may publish personal information about a user (such as my phone number or address), which might not be desired by the user.

Disclosed is a method and system for controlling disclosure of personal information in social media settings. The method and system alerts/hides when personal information associated with a user is posted in a social network. Accordingly, the user may set rules to hide personal information such as, but not limited to, phone number and address, when the personal information is published in a social network.

In an exemplary embodiment, new rules are added to the social media provider configurations which allow a user to specify personal information such as, phone number and address which need to be included in a hidden list. The rule includes

wild-card search or exact match. The rule may provide a user an option to allow other users to post personal information of the user. Rules once enforced may either warn on exposure of select personal information or actually provide censorship of the select personal information, restricting users to post it. In addition, human-controlled moderation may be available for both publishers and censorers. For example, censorers must approve requests to make information private. Information publishers need to make specific requests that a censoring rule shouldn't apply either in a specific posting or in general. Moderation may also be useful when a particular piece of information is common across two people (e.g. - a shared phone number).

In accordance with the method and system, rules may be specific to a combination of a person plus a piece of information. For example, a street name/addressed cannot be included in context of person X being mentioned/referenced, but can be mentioned otherwise.

As shown in Fig.1, a user is provided with an option for configuring additional privacy parameters in user's profile settings page. The user is provided with an option to mark/un-mark information as hidden.

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Figure 1

Accordingly, when the user checks a checkbox corresponding to the phone number of

the user, the phone numbers is marked hidden and gets added to a privacy list. Subsequently, the phone number gets hidden in...