The dangers of metadata

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Imagine the scene: you are sitting at your desk copying a pasting some new information into a company template. All the old content has been removed and the new detail has been inputted. The document is ready to go and gets sent out as an email attachment. But stop! Do you know that the document you have just sent contains all the confidential information you thought had been deleted? This invisible detail is called metadata.

In 2003 the UK Labour government made the fatal mistake of releasing a document that contained metadata, thus revealing information about the 'original author' who embarrassingly turned out to be a university student. As we increasingly rely on word documents and email as tools for collaborati...

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