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Method to alter the available metadata of shared media files in social media

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000238744D
Publication Date: 2014-Sep-16
Document File: 1 page(s) / 23K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method to use social network data and privacy settings to automatically adjust which Exchangeable Image File (EXIF) data is available to an individual viewing a photograph on a social media website.

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Method to alter the available metadata of shared media files in social media

Social media users do not want the system to automatically add data, such as location, to uploaded photographs.

One social media system addresses this by stripping Exchangeable Image File (EXIF) data from the uploaded pictures. Another provider allows anyone that has access to a photo to retrieve the Global Positioning System (GPS) from a photograph, if it is present.

However, users do not always want the EXIF data stripped, either.

The novel solution is a method to use social network data and privacy settings to automatically adjust which EXIF data is available to an individual viewing a photo.

When a photograph that is shared via social media is viewed by others, the approach is to alter the metadata associated with it based upon:

1. The permissions set for the photograph or album 2. The identity of the viewer and social relationship with the poster 3. The identity of the viewer and the social relationship with one or more people tagged in the photograph. The privacy settings for each of the people tagged in the photo can be taken into account to determine what, if any, EXIF data is presented with the image. (e.g., photos take of a user's child may always strip EXIF data)

4. Social relationship changes over time between poster, viewers, and participants in a photograph can alter the metadata delivered with the media

5. Time since photo was taken. One major concern with sharing the met...