New patents are issued on Tuesdays by the USPTO. Both of today's Spotlight Patents concern aspects of digital rights management. Assigned to Palantir Technologies, the first patent addresses techniques for automatic and customizable data minimization of electronic data stores. Assigned to BofA, the second patent addresses techniques for reconciliation of access rights in a computing system.
9,916,465, "Systems and methods for automatic and customizable data minimization of electronic data stores," assigned to Palantir Technologies Inc.
A dynamic data minimization server implements minimization protocols to entity-specific information based on access rights (e.g., privacy rights) of a requesting entity. The minimization may be applied on the fly (e.g., as the entity-specific information is requested) and the level, type, protocol, etc., of encryption (or other minimization process) may be selected based on a particular type of a data item. The dynamic data minimization server may determine and apply transformation functions, such as encryption, to items of protected information, transforming those items of protected information into items of minimized information. If a requesting entity has appropriate rights, the dynamic data minimization server may selectively apply a reverse transformation function, such as decryption, to recover the original information. The systems and methods include generation and presentation of user interfaces for presenting minimized information and processing requests to de-minimize information, and may be used to provide minimization services to pre-existing data stores.
9,916,450, "Reconciliation of access rights in a computing system," assigned to Bank of America.
Systems and methods are provide for reconciling access rights of a computing system are described. Access right information that respectively corresponds to access rights of a computing system may be obtained and evaluated. Reconciliation tasks may be performed using the access right information, and a reconciliation report may be generated during performance of at least one of the reconciliation tasks. The reconciliation report may indicate that one or more of the access rights should either be provisioned or revoked at the computing system.