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Intelligent Photo Privacy Control for Smart phones Disclosure Number: IPCOM000245201D
Publication Date: 2016-Feb-18
Document File: 2 page(s) / 25K

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The internet access with the smart phone is nowadays very easy. All data is shared using social media, chats or clouds services with a single click or uploaded to a cloud storage almost automatically. These concepts have a lot of advantages for most people, but also some risk for a group of persons where sometimes more control prevents them from negative consequences - our children. This article proposes a process and app for smart phones that can control these risks without stint the kids from using the positive aspects of social media or chat smart phone apps.

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Intelligent Photo Privacy Control for Smart phones

More and more minors are connected to the internet using their smart phones and interact with friends on social collaboration networks. Since almost all smart phones also have a camera, minors have the camera present everywhere and take photos from almost everything. Smart phone apps associated with cloud services like Facebook for example can also automatically upload and post the photos to your cloud account

without manual interaction. Photos can also be easily and quickly shared on chat systems without always thinking about possible consequences. Depending on the nature of the picture (e.g. party pictures while you may be drunk or sensitive naked "selfies"), publishing it on the internet may result in a long term and highly negative impact for that person's future life (e.g. when looking for a job). The purpose of the article "Intelligent Photo Privacy Control for Smart phones" (IPPCS) addresses this concern and proposes a process to filter out this type of pictures and avoid the sharing or publishing on the web. An application that implements the process we propose can be installed on a child's smart phone by someone with parental responsibility. Integrating the process directly into the smart phone OS and its parental control mechanism would be far better than implementing an app. This should be feasible in the context of IBM's partnership with Apple.

Intelligent Photo Privacy Control for Smart phones (IPPCS) is a process that can be implemented as an application for smart phones or even better within the smart phone OS, that ensures the photo privacy based on defined configurations for taken photos.

The first step in IPPCS is to configure its intelligent picture engine with picture samples (persons/faces) or facts on pictures (naked photos, situations) that are not allowed in a defined process context. That way IPPCS identifies photos that may have problematic content and tag them with picture configuration items. As intelligent picture engine, prior art technologies (Alchemy picture recognition, google Photos) are used and combined to analyze the photos based on the given picture configuration items. Problematic content in that context may not only be photos with possible negative impact for a person's future (like naked photos) but can also be photos of your own family, special locations like your home identified through GPS coordinates or anything else that shou...