Published on 17 Mar 2014
Examples of metadata embedded in digital files are:
Metadata Security Concerns
Some people may intentionally embed metadata such as their name and organisation for copyright purposes; or GPS coordinates in photograph images to remind them it was taken. However, you should be aware of these metadata when you are working in a sensitive or confidential environment.
Metadata may inadvertently reveal sensitive information about yourself, your organisation, or any other details you do not want to share with others. Bear in mind that when you have shared digital files with metadata embedded in them, you have no control where it would end up, and what it could contribute to in the future.
Identifying and Removing Metadata
It is important to identify and consider the privacy impact and sensitivity of the metadata embedded in the file before sharing it with other people. Consider modifying or removing these metadata before sharing it.