Blockchains (smart contracts, distributed ledgers) and rights management broadly construed are the themes of today's Spotlight Applications. Assigned to Microsoft, the first application discloses techniques for controlling and tracing an object across a plurality of parties. Assigned to salesforce.com, the second application discloses techniques for storing PII information via a metadata driven blockchain using distributed and decentralized storage for sensitive user information.
20210182433, "Tracing objects across different parties," assigned to Microsoft.
In implementations of the subject matter described herein, a new approach for controlling and tracing an object across a plurality of parties is proposed. A rule set may be enabled by the confirmation of a plurality of parties. The rule set may define constraints on operations related to the object. Upon receipt of a request for an operation related to the object, the requested operation may be verified based on the rule set agreed by the plurality of parties. In response to verifying that requested operation is valid, the requested operation may be performed, and a record for the operation may be created and stored in a blockchain database accessible to the plurality of parties.
20210182423, "Systems, methods, and apparatuses for storing PII information via a metadata driven blockchain using distributed and decentralized storage for sensitive user information," assigned to salesforce.com.
Systems, methods, and apparatuses for storing PII information via a metadata driven blockchain using distributed and decentralized storage for sensitive user information, operable within a cloud based computing environment. For example, there is a system configured with a memory to store instructions; a set of one or more processors; a non-transitory machine-readable storage medium that provides instructions that, when executed by the set of one or more processors, the instructions stored in the memory are configurable to cause the system to perform operations including: operating a blockchain interface to a blockchain on behalf of a plurality of tenants of the host organization; operating a database interface to a distributed database, separate from the blockchain, on behalf of the plurality of tenants of the host organization; displaying a Graphical User Interface (GUI Interface) to a user device communicably interfaced with the system over a network, in which the GUI interface is to prompt for a metadata entity definition at the user device when displayed by the user device, in which the metadata entity definition defines access control permissions for a blockchain entity including specifying at least (i) a data classification attribute indicating sensitive user information and (ii) a consent required attribute indicating consent is required to access the sensitive user information and (iii) a consent requirements attribute indicating a party from whom the consent must be acquired; transacting the metadata entity definition onto the blockchain; creating a new entity object defined by the metadata entity definition within the distributed database system to store the sensitive user information and writing the sensitive user information to the distributed database to be persistently stored. Other related embodiments are disclosed.