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Targeted Private Media Retrieval for Public Alerts Disclosure Number: IPCOM000236031D
Publication Date: 2014-Apr-02
Document File: 3 page(s) / 113K

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The disclosed invention describes a system and method to communicate public alerts based on aggregate crowdsourced data while maintaining privacy

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Targeted Private Media Retrieval for Public Alerts
During a tragic event such as the Boston Marathon Bombing there is potential for witnesses to collect a large amount of information through photos, video recording and other devices. Combined with security cameras, witness memory and other sources law enforcement can reconstruct a public event to determine event details. However, critical private sources of information such as photos and video recordings made by individuals can be difficult to quickly and thoroughly obtain by law enforcement.

To overcome the privacy issue, law enforcement largely resorts to publishing known information on media sources in an effort to solicit the help of additional witnesses. However several factors limit the effectiveness of general solicitation. Potential witnesses may not be aware that they have media that would be useful. For lower profile events such as Amber and/or Silver Alert*s, potential witnesses may not be aware of the request, or aware that they are connected to the event. Potential witnesses my have other sensitive data they do not wish to share, or they may simply choose not to help.

The disclosed invention proposes use of targeted identification combined with available media logs and time windows to better collect content relating to a public event.

Prior Art Search:

"targeted warrant" none relevant

"warrant" method to get an electronic warrant, doesn't relate to person or content identification another for electronic warrants and data entry, no identification relevance

"identify private content time" discovers relevant content in a time window, but only relates to social networks trusted time in digital signatures, might be useful as leveraging art but otherwise not relevant. Several patents out there on tamperproof timestamps

"opt-in service provider content"
none relevant, several relating to web browsing

Key system steps:

Law enforcement identifies individuals in a specific area at a given time. Identification can come from multiple fragmented sources such as security cameras, witness interview, GPS and cell location logs (if available), smartphone logs (if available) face recognition in other photos, and so forth.

Law enforcement sends targete...