Apparatus and method for automated privacy protection in distributed images

  • US 10,572,681 B1
  • Filed: 10/10/2017
  • Issued: 02/25/2020
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/28/2014
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method executed by a computer, comprising:

  • receiving a digital image from a client device;

    executing a facial recognition technique against an individual face within the digital image to obtain a recognized face;

    adding textual content to the digital image in response to the recognized face to form an enhanced digital image;

    applying privacy rules to the enhanced digital image, wherein the privacy rules are associated with privacy settings for a user associated with the recognized face; and

    distributing a privacy protected version of the enhanced digital image, wherein the privacy protected version of the enhanced digital image has an altered image feature, and wherein the distribution of the privacy protected version of the enhanced digital image is limited by selectively blocking distribution of the enhanced digital image in accordance with the privacy rules.

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