The American technology giant IBM has applied to the US Patent and Trademark Office for a patent for a blockchain-enabled web browser.
According to the request published on August 6, IBM has filed a patent application for a system that stores web browser events in a blockchain. The browser described in the presentation collects information during web browsing sessions and transfers it to its peers in a peer-to-peer network (p2p) for in-chain storage of events in the browser.
Examples of data that could be stored in a chain include: websites visited, bookmarks, search terms, cookies, geolocation and a registry of browser security patches, among others. The author of the request states:
"The present invention provides a system for storing navigation information so that privacy is preserved and placed in the 'hands of a user' rather than those of a third party."
Earlier this month, IBM and the blockchain company Chainyard launched a new blockchain network for supply chain management. The founding members of the Trust Your Supplier network also include the American brewing company Anheuser-Busch InBev, the technology companies Cisco, Lenovo, Nokia, Schneider Electric, the British pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline and the telecommunications company Vodafone.
As Cointelegraph reported in June, Norway-based Internet browser company Opera launched the iOS version of its blockchain-enabled mobile web browser, Opera Touch. In May, the cryptocurrency wallet integrated into Opera also received support for Tron (TRX) and standard TRC tokens.