IBM Seeks Patents for Data Masking Technology

Kara Reeder

IBM is hoping to get two patents for its Masking Gateway for Enterprises (aka MAGEN) technology, which can selectively hide data contained in files that hold sensitive information, reports InformationWeek.


Instead of making changes to the data file itself, it uses optical character recognition technology to make unreadable the parts of the image onscreen that are deemed sensitive. The technology could be ideal for patient health care data or financial records.


The patents cover what the company calls "unique ways of manipulating images," as well as a word scrambling system.

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