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Addressing Data Leakage Risks From Document Metadata Artifacts and Improper Redaction

Published: 12 April 2010

ID: G00175869

Analyst(s): Eric Ouellet


The pressure for organizations to share more data than ever before, along with continuously higher expectations for the control of sensitive and regulated data, makes it critically important for organizations to address metadata and redaction correctly.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • Is This a Content-Aware Data Loss Prevention (DLP) Issue?
  • The PDF Misconception
  • Obfuscation Versus Redaction
    • Digital Obfuscation
    • Digital Redaction
  • Viewing or Mining for Metadata
    • Tools and Solutions for Metadata Removal
  • Hidden Legal, Ethical, Data Storage and Other Issues
  • Best Practices for Dealing With Metadata

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