Patent Number: 7,765,193

Title: Control of document disclosure according to affiliation or document type

Abstract: An apparatus for supplying document includes a storage unit configured to store therein a set of documents and an affiliation within an organization paired up with one of the documents, a unit configured to receive a request for accessing the one of the documents, a unit configured to check an affiliation of a person who made the request, a unit configured to evaluate a relationship between the checked affiliation and the stored affiliation paired up with the one of the documents in a tree structure representing a hierarchical structure of the organization with nodes of the tree structure representing affiliations within the organization, a unit configured to ascertain a level of disclosure with respect to the one of the documents in response to the evaluated relationship, and a unit configured to control disclosing of the one of the documents according to the ascertained level of disclosure.

Inventors: Hirose; Masako (Kanagawa, JP)

Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.

International Classification: G06F 17/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 7/27/12018