(19) United States
(12) Patent Application Publication (io) Pub. No.: US 2003/0101341 Al
Kettler, III et al. (43) Pub. Date: May 29,2003
(54) METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROTECTING DATA FROM UNAUTHORIZED DISCLOSURE
(75) Inventors: Edward W. Kettler III, Piano, TX
(US); Jerry D. Pollitt, McKinney, TX
Baker Botts L.L.P.
2001 Ross Avenue
Dallas, TX 75201-2980 (US)
(73) Assignee: Electronic Data Systems Corporation
(21) Appl. No.: 09/996,099
(22) Filed: Nov. 26, 2001
(51) Int. CI.7 G06F 15/18
(52) U.S. CI 713/162; 713/193
According to one embodiment of the invention, a computerized method for managing a plurality of data protection rules includes receiving and storing the data protection rules in a database, receiving and storing a plurality of permissions generated by a data owner in the database, accepting a query from a data requester with respect to a particular set of data, accessing the database to validate that a permission exists for the data requester, accessing the database to validate that the particular set of data may be accessed by the data requester, and generating a response to the query.