05958005 is referenced by 388 patents and cites 26 patents.

A method, system, and product for communicating data text messages, such as E-Mail, between computers connected to a network while providing selectable degrees of security for each message. The methodology comprises the procedure of creating in the originating computer a data message having a header which specifies, in addition to the address of the intended recipient computer, one or more security parameters which control the processing of the data message in the recipient computer. The security parameters include instructions for erasure of the data message following its storage in the recipient computer. The security parameters also include instructions as to whether or not copying, archiving, forwarding and printing of the data message is permitted. The recipient computer processes the data message in accord with the instructions. The erasure is of such a nature as to render the data message irretrievable following erasure.

Title
Electronic mail security
Application Number
8/895745
Publication Number
5958005
Application Date
July 17, 1997
Publication Date
September 28, 1999
Inventor
Michael J Strauss
Potomac
MD, US
Marie L Davis
Germantown
MD, US
John Thorne
Washington
DC, US
Agent
McDermott Will & Emery
Assignee
Bell Atlantic Network Services
VA, US
IPC
G06F 17/30
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