BlackBerry has patented a method for detecting privacy violations in image files. The system monitors for modified images, identifies violations based on defined settings, and prompts users to adjust settings in response. This technology aims to enhance privacy protection in digital imaging applications. GlobalData’s report on BlackBerry gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Detecting privacy violations in digital image files

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: BlackBerry Ltd

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11972025B2) outlines a computer-implemented method that involves detecting digital image files containing content that violates specific settings of an imaging application. Upon identification of such content, a notification is generated to prompt adjustments to the settings of another imaging application. This notification is designed to ensure compliance with policies or defined settings, offering users the opportunity to modify the digital image files accordingly.

Furthermore, the patent details the monitoring of file systems for relevant events related to the digital image files, allowing for real-time detection of content violations. In response to identifying non-compliant content, the method includes the option to process and modify the digital image files to align with the required settings. Additionally, the notification system provides users with the flexibility to adjust settings based on policies, with the potential for interaction with third-party systems. The patent also extends to a computing device and a non-transitory computer-readable storage medium, both equipped to execute the method described, emphasizing the practical application and implementation of the innovative technology outlined in the patent.

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