Apparatus, methods and systems for anonymous communication

  • US 7,099,304 B2
  • Filed: 09/04/2001
  • Issued: 08/29/2006
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/05/2000
  • Status: Expired
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1. A method of facilitating anonymous communication between a first station and a second station, the second station having an address for communication, and each station being enabled to transmit and receive packet data and being connected directly to a packet data network, the method comprising:

  • providing a transaction specification from at least one of the first and second stations,generating a reference code in response to the transaction specification, there being a defined relationship between the reference code and said address,supplying the reference code to at least the first station,receiving a communication request from the first station,receiving the reference code from the first station,using the reference code to recover said address, andopening a channel for communication between said first and second stations,whereby anonymous communication can be established between the first and second stations without providing said address to the first station.

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