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This Email Will Self-Destruct: AT&T Seeks Patent
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FrankM674
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FrankM674,
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7/21/2013 | 4:10:22 AM
re: This Email Will Self-Destruct: AT&T Seeks Patent
I've created a simple tool that allows encrypted email messages, text messages, instant messages, or anything else to be sent as a link to a temporary self destruct container powered by a secure connection to a SQL database.

It even has a lifespan. I launched it a few months ago, then ATT comes out looking to patent more ideas. Interesting timing. https://icrypt.me free for all to use. Market value of the company is unknown. The tool has other features, encrypts text and lets you bury it in an obfuscated URL or inside the alpha channel of an image.

Since my tool uses open source technologies, and directly it competes with the idea of a self destruct email without actually being a self destruct email. The problem with a self destruct email is that it can never actually exist (emails can be read by every machine they pass through, typically 3 to 5 minimum in even the shortest routing).

https://icrypt.me is free, advertising based.
anon2860526156
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anon2860526156,
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7/18/2013 | 7:11:16 PM
re: This Email Will Self-Destruct: AT&T Seeks Patent
Bigstring Corp already has a patent in 2005 for the same process

http://goo.gl/NAigh
Cara Latham
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Cara Latham,
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7/10/2013 | 1:35:36 PM
re: This Email Will Self-Destruct: AT&T Seeks Patent
As I was reading this article, I wondering what these companies would do for reporting or legal purposes if the emails self-destructed. Then I saw Schueren's comment that businesses could be exposed to legal liabilities. I'd have to agree with this, but I would further note that this could create some transparency issues for both businesses and governmental entities. It would be a lot harder to maintain an open and transparent government if this ability allowed government employees to send self-destructing emails to hide certain details from the public.


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