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Information retrieval system that uses context information and takes privacy issues into account

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000012601D
Original Publication Date: 2003-May-19
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-May-19

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

The invention described here can be used to make online offerings or to provide customers with individual information over the Internet or an intranet. The problem described above is solved by only roughly preselecting contents and transferring them to the computer system of the customer. Basically all documents that might be of interest for any customer in that situation are transferred. An automated evaluation process that is running on the computer system of the customer selects a subset of documents that are relevant for that specific customer. To achieve this, a customer specific profile is used that also resides on the computer system of the customer and that cannot be directly accessed by the content provider. Thus, the customer specific profile may contain sensitive information about the customer.