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Enabling the distribution and control of private information within an electronic messaging system

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000248098D
Publication Date: 2016-Oct-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 29K

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Abstract

In electronic messaging systems, private information is often communicated to an individual or group of individuals. Whilst systems exist to prevent the redistribution of private information to third parties, the systems also prevent further collaboration on that information by the original recipients. A system is needed to allow the recipients of the private information to further collaborate on that information, whilst still maintaining the control over redistribution to third parties. This system will use a messaging system controlled flag to instruct the client messaging application on the privacy behaviour to enforce.

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Enabling the distribution and control of private information within an electronic messaging system

In electronic messaging systems, private information is often communicated to an individual or group of individuals. Whilst systems exist to prevent the redistribution of private information to third parties, the systems also prevent further collaboration on that information by the original recipients. A system is needed to allow the recipients of the private information to further collaborate on that information, whilst still maintaining the control over redistribution to third parties.

To initiate the controlled distribution and collaboration of private information, the originator applies a flag that instructs the recipient's messaging system to prevent distribution/forwarding of the message to any party not on the original recipient list. This allows the messages to be responded to - including the original private information - back to both the originator and the other listed parties. All recipients of this series of message are prevented from distributing that information to a third party. This allows effective collaboration whilst still maintaining the privacy of the original private information and successive correspondence.

The messaging system requires a distribution control field or flag, or additional options added to an existing control field or flag, that allows the originator to classify the message for controlled distribution within the recipient list.

The messaging system requires an owner field, that specified the sender of the original correspondence.

Both flags will be persisted in all correspondence within that thread, allowing further correspondence to continue to apply the same restriction, and keep track of the original correspondence owner.

This flag would have several options:

1. Allow the standard messaging distribution controls. This option would be defau...