Tech Behemoth IBM Files for a Blockchain-Enabled Web Browser Patent
American technology behemoth IBM has filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for a blockchain-enabled web browser patent.
According to a patent application published on Aug. 6, IBM has filed a patent application for a system that stores web browser events on a blockchain. The browser described in the filing collects information during web browsing sessions and transfers it to peers in a peer-to-peer network for on-chain storage of the in-browser events.
Examples of data that could be stored on chain include: visited websites, bookmarks, search terms, cookies, geolocation and a record of browser security patches, among others. The author of the filing claims:
“The present invention affords a system for storing browsing information such that privacy is preserved and places privacy in the ‘hands of a user’ rather than a third party. ”
Earlier this month, IBM and blockchain company Chainyard launched a new blockchain network for supply chain management. The Trust Your Supplier network’s founding members also include American brewing company Anheuser-Busch InBev, tech companies Cisco, Lenovo, Nokia, Schneider Electric, British pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline and telecoms company Vodafone.
As Cointelegraph reported in June, Norway-based internet browser company Opera has launched the iOS version of its blockchain-enabled mobile web browser, Opera Touch. In May, the cryptocurrency wallet integrated in Opera also received support for Tron (TRX) and TRC-standard tokens.