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System for rendering confidential and personal information to minimize conspicuousness

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000257039D
Publication Date: 2019-Jan-12
Document File: 4 page(s) / 178K

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System for rendering confidential and personal information to minimize conspicuousness

There is an increase in co-located working environments whereby employees are encouraged to work in shared spaces at the office rather than from home. Typically, these shared spaces emphasize open spaces with few closed offices or cubicles. The result is that employees in these workspaces and passersby often have unobstructed views of an employee’s work environment and monitors. As monitor sizes grow (e.g., large 4K monitors) the chance of someone seeing a given screen in passing increases. Additionally, millions of people work in mobile spaces, traveling spaces such as airports, and generally a shift towards no-address working. While multiple screens are visible to all, it is only those that stand out from the others than truly attract attention. For example, if four screens are showing an email client, but a fifth is showing a document with a different UI where “CONFIDENTIAL!” is shown prominently, it is this screen that is most likely to attract unwanted attention. A method or system is needed to help protect information in an open work environment. Disclosed are a method and system for rendering sensitive (i.e., confidential or personal) information on a user’s screen in an inconspicuous manner; when multiple screens are present, the user interface (UI) elements make the screen with this solution the least conspicuous and therefore least likely to attract the attention of nearby people. The system analyzes the visible screens in a co-located environment to minimize the chance that a given screen showing sensitive information, by the nature of its UI, attracts attention. The invention considers:

• The UIs of nearby screens, to ensure one given screen does not stand out as looking significantly different

• The expected UI, based on historical records, for a given user to display on the screen

• The UI that a given person, such as a supervisor, expects to see on a given user’s screen

Where a screen showing sensitive information is analyzed to stand-out in one of these ways, the system derives a method to render the sensitive information into a UI consistent with expectations. This rendering does not completely secure the information (it is still visible on the screen) but makes the content less conspicuous and therefore less likely to catch somebody’s eye. The novel system analyzes the UI elements of a user’s screen to derive prominence analysis (i.e., what the most prominent aspects of the UI are) and sensitivity analysis (i.e., detection of sensitive information rendered in a UI such as confidential information

or personal information). The system performs an aggregated UI analysis of multiple co- located screens and user’s UI history to derive common UI elements shared between screens for the purposes of detecting which UI elements can make the rendering of sensitive information least conspicuous. The system then re-renders the sensitive information to...