Apparatus and method for automated privacy protection in distributed images

  • US 9,396,354 B1
  • Filed: 05/27/2015
  • Issued: 07/19/2016
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/28/2014
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method executed by a computer, comprising:

  • receiving an image from a client device;

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

    applying privacy rules to the 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 image, wherein the privacy protected version of the image has an altered image feature, wherein the privacy protected version of the image is distributed to an ephemeral gallery including a collection of ephemeral images shown in sequence, and wherein the ephemeral gallery is available for an ephemeral period of time, wherein each ephemeral image has an associated message duration parameter that indicates a display duration for the corresponding ephemeral image during viewing of the ephemeral gallery, and each ephemeral image has a gallery participation parameter that indicates a time value for continued availability of the corresponding ephemeral image in the ephemeral gallery, wherein a particular one of the plurality ephemeral images is removed from the ephemeral gallery in response to the identification of an expired gallery participation parameter corresponding to the particular ephemeral image, and wherein the ephemeral gallery is eliminated upon expiration of either a gallery timer or upon expiration of the gallery participation parameter of a last ephemeral image in the ephemeral gallery, the last ephemeral image being that one of the plurality of ephemeral images which was posted to the ephemeral gallery last.

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