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Technology to allow call to ICE contact from password protected smartphone without disclosing identity

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000237027D
Publication Date: 2014-May-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 21K

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Abstract

A method to allow a call to a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) contact or an emergency contact from a password protected smart phone without disclosing identity of the caller or the person being called is disclosed.

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Technology to allow call to ICE contact from password protected smartphone without disclosing identity

Disclosed is a method to allow a call to a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) contact or an emergency contact from a password protected smart phone without disclosing the identity of the caller or the person being called.

In modern day cell phones, technologies have advanced to the level that if a cell phone is stolen, it can be tracked via in-built or pre-installed tracking software and mobile applications. Considering privacy concerns, most cell phones these days are password / keyword locked so even if someone stole it, personal information stays secure to an extent.

However, what if an owner's cell phone is just lost? Say the owner forgot it somewhere in a store or a subway and someone found it and is trying to find a way to reach the owner. In this case, if the cell phone is password / keyword locked, there is no way the person who finds it can go into the phone and call the owner or someone from the contacts to reach out to the owner. Perhaps the only solution is if the finder calls the emergency call number (the only number allowed when a cell phone is locked), or turns it to a nearby police station and that will perhaps be subject to how much time that person has.

A similar situation can arise when the owner ends up in an emergency situation (example a health condition or an accident) and the cell phone is password locked. Whoever is helping the owner including the emergency crew will not have an easy way to reach out to the emergency contact or a family member if phone is the only source of contact list available.

And while the owner would want someone to be able to contact their emergency contact if required, the owner would also want to make sure the privacy of the contact is protected to avoid any unwanted calls, threats, etc.

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