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Perils of meta-data

Most techie folk, when they talk about meta-data, are deep into a discussion of how to best search Web sites. But lots of things have meta-data: the information about when a file was created and modified as well as its file size are also meta-data.

This week, meta-data disclosures are nipping at the heels of the California Attorney General’s Office.

According to, Microsoft Word is revealing information that public officials probably would have preferred remain hidden.

That info? Meta-data suggests that Motion Picture Association of America executive Vans Stevenson either authored or reviewed a letter on P2P which is ostensibly authored by the AG and is rumored to be a draft missive to fellow state attorneys; AG Bill Lockyer is president of the National Association of Attorneys General, which is meeting in Washington DC this week.

The letter paints P2P users with the brush of pornography, computer worms, and illegal sharing of songs and movies.

Thanks to BOP for the tip.

By Kathy E. Gill

Digital evangelist, speaker, writer, educator. Transplanted Southerner; teach newbies to ride motorcycles! @kegill

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