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November 11, 2005

Metadata's Revenge

Good piece by the NYT’s Tom Zeller Jr on metadata and the downfalls it’s caused: Sleuths mine information by reading between lines - Technology from the International Herald Tribune:

If you use Microsoft Word, open a document, go to the File menu and choose Properties. You should see some metadata. Third-party programs are available that will crack open even more. According to some technologists, including Dennis Kennedy, a lawyer and consultant based in St. Louis, Missouri, metadata might include other bits of information like notes and questions rendered as "comments" within a document, or the deletions and insertions logged by features like Track Changes in Microsoft Word and other modern word-processing programs.

Some examples:

Oops.

Posted by dymaxion at November 11, 2005 04:33 PM



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