“The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent application describing a system that thwarts spam mail by automatically generating and handling ‘disposable’ email addresses, all while being transparent to the end user,” Mikey Campbell reports for AppleInsider.

“According to Apple’s patent filing, suitably titled ‘Disposable email address generation and mapping to a regular email account,’ the integrated system would work at the server level to act as a screen for incoming spam mail,” Campbell reports. “Further, these generated email accounts can be intelligently tagged with contextual clues to help users track down the source responsible for handing off the address to a spam provider.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lynn Weiler” for the heads up.]