Stripe has been granted a patent for a method and apparatus for hard deletion of user data. The method involves receiving a deletion request, determining a unique user identifier, predicting data partition contents, searching for user data records, and performing a hard deletion when found. GlobalData’s report on Stripe gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Method for hard deletion of user data based on unique identifier

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Stripe Inc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11914732B2) outlines a computer-implemented method for the hard deletion of user data. The method involves receiving a deletion request from a user, determining a unique user identifier, and predicting whether a data partition contains the user's data by searching a hierarchical set of filters. These filters indicate the presence of data records associated with the user identifier within specific data partitions. If the data is found, a hard deletion of the user data record is performed. The method also includes steps for authenticating the user's identity, generating deletion records, and providing a data deletion summary to the user.

Furthermore, the patent describes the use of bloom filters to determine if a data partition contains the user's data and the parallel searching of hierarchical bloom filters by multiple processors. The system can handle requests from a commerce platform system and ensures that hard data deletion is carried out within a specified timeframe. Additionally, the patent covers the implementation of the method through a non-transitory computer-readable storage medium with instructions for performing the operations. The system for hard deletion of user data includes a processor and memory to receive deletion requests, determine unique user identifiers, predict data partition contents, search for user data records, and execute hard deletions when necessary.

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