Three Atlanta-based AT&T employees have filed a patent for a system that would let email senders create self-destructing messages. The idea is to let senders of emails that have company
secrets or proprietary information control how long those emails will live on so that they can prevent private information from living on servers or in inboxes after the message has been delivered.
According to the proposal, a sender could delegate how long an email would last, prior to sending it. Once delivered the recipient would see information within the email about how long the message
will last before it is destroyed.
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