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AT&T Looking into Self-Destructing E-mail

David McNew/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- AT&T has a new patent for a system that could allow users to send e-mail that will self-destruct.

Writing in Forbes, Matt Hickey calls it “email-on-a-yo-yo string.”

This new type of e-mail could be used by organizations that want to control information to keep it from getting into the wrong hands.

AT&T’s patent describes a system “that would allow the sender of an email to control that message’s behavior after it has been sent, such as to whom it can and can’t be forwarded and can even the message’s lifespan,” says Forbes.  

Messages could be remotely “self destructed” if needed.

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