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System and Methods for automated, controlled situational personal information distribution ("This Is I") Disclosure Number: IPCOM000018965D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Aug-22
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Aug-22
Document File: 6 page(s) / 27K

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Exchanging electronic business cards, in addition to or instead of paper business cards, is becoming commonplace. For example, two or more people who meet in a business situation might exchange electronic business cards using wireless communication (for example, infrared, BluetoothTM and so on) between two personal devices, such as PDAs or mobile phones). Electronic business card exchange is one example of exchanging selected personal information with other parties. This invention extends this idea to a wealth of personal information that can be shared in many day-to-day situations.

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  System and Methods for automated, controlled situational personal information distribution ("This Is I")

Disclosed is an invention that extends the idea of distributing business card information to virtually all personal data that might need to be shared in various situations that the information owner encounters in daily life. Using a personal device where personal information is stored, the information/device owner decides what information may automatically be disclosed to selected other parties. This information then is automatically transmitted to the selected other parties. A primary advantage is removing the need to manually disclose the information (for example, filling in a form), which can be a repetitive process because the same or similar information is required in many environments and situations. An additional advantage is that the user (information owner) controls what information is disclosed at what time, and security measures can be applied to safeguard the information. This invention can be used in a host of environments and situations, as described later. Another advantage is that this invention allows the use of a single device, or a small set of personal devices, to be used universally, as opposed to having multiple, specialized devices (badges, magnetic stripe cards, smart cards, paper documents, information locally stored on a workstation and so on) that are useful only in certain circumstances. These and other advantages are detailed later.


People encounter numerous situations every day where they must disclose certain information about themselves. Often, this information is disclosed verbally or in written form. Much of the information (for example, name, address, telephone numbers, e-mail address and so on) is required in many different situations and must be repetitively disclosed. This invention extends and automates the situational disclosure of selected personal information.

Typically, when a user configures a new device or application, some amount of personalization is involved. The user is likely to select device settings that she prefers and enter information about herself that an application can use. This invention envisions a personalization application that gathers a wealth of personal information about the user and securely stores that information locally on a device, where the exemplary device is a small, portable personal device that a user typically carries with her (such as a mobile phone or PDA), equipped with some form of wireless communication (the exemplary form is BluetoothTM wireless technology). The user can choose what information is to be stored on the device; more information gathered generally will allow the invention be be used more often, in more situations and environments. Ideally, the information would be a union of the sets of all of the personal information ("profiles") that a person typically already has divulged to numerous other parties and that typically is...