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Xerox receives patent for blockchain-based data revision system

Xerox Corp. announced that it has secured a patent for a blockchain-driven auditing system for electronic files.

The Norwalk-headquartered company initially filed its patent with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in August 2017. According to Xerox, the newly patented technology is designed to determine whether a blockchain file has been altered and can track the history of changes made. The system cannot be altered due to its decentralized verification mechanism. Xerox said the technology can be used for maintaining confidential data in the medical, financial, educational and criminal investigation fields.

The technology will also “allow record owners to recover work that may have been altered or destroyed from more traditional control systems and pinpoint the exact moment when things went wrong,” Xerox said in its patent filing, noting that individuals “who would alter or destroy these records are normally highly motivated and may only need a little knowledge of database hacking or someone else’s passwords to achieve their goal.”

Xerox filed an earlier patent request in 2016 on a similar system that sought to create a blockchain-based timestamp protocol for data such as copies or pictures, which could be presented as evidence in court cases.

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Phil Hall's writing for Westfair Communications has earned multiple awards from the Connecticut Press Club and the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists. He is a former United Nations-based reporter for Fairchild Broadcast News and the author of 10 books (including the 2020 release "Moby Dick: The Radio Play" and the upcoming "Jesus Christ Movie Star," both published by BearManor Media). He is also the host of the SoundCloud podcast "The Online Movie Show," co-host of the WAPJ-FM talk show "Nutmeg Chatter" and a writer with credits in The New York Times, New York Daily News, Hartford Courant, Wired, The Hill's Congress Blog, Profit Confidential, The MReport and StockNews.com. Outside of journalism, he is also a horror movie actor - usually playing the creepy villain who gets badly killed at the end of each film.


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