Gartner Research

Understanding Data Leakage Risks From Document Metadata Artifacts and Improper Redaction

Published: 12 April 2010

ID: G00175594

Analyst(s): Eric Ouellet

Summary

Few organizations understand the significant risks of data leakage from metadata artifacts and improper redaction. Many believe these risks are only relevant to government or military document declassification programs. However, reality provides significant evidence to the contrary.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • What Is Metadata or Embedded Data in the Context of This Research?
  • Deliberate Data Hiding and Other Document Data
    • Other Document Data
  • Why Worry About Metadata?
    • 3.1 Metadata Disclosure and Improper Redaction in the News
    • 4.0 Conclusions

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