The Democratic National Committee was surprised recently when conservative bloggers accessed “metadata” in the DNC’s Word document about U.S. Supreme Court nominee Samuel A. Alito Jr. in order to disclose the authors of the memorandum and the date it was created.[FOOTNOTE 1]

This was not the first time that organizations, including the United Nations and a prominent software company, have permitted inadvertent disclosure of private (and potentially embarrassing) information due to a lack of awareness or disregard of metadata.[FOOTNOTE 2]

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