Need to watch out for meta data

Last week, an unsigned Microsoft Word document critical of Samuel A. Alito Jr., a federal appeals court judge who has been nominated to the Supreme Court by President Bush, was the subject of discussion on many right wing blogs. Apparently, an analysis of meta data that was contained in the document revealed that the origin was the Democratic National Committee.

I guess the DNC needs a refresher lesson on the dangers of sending Word documents.

A number of tools are available to scrub Word documents. They include:

  • Doc Scrubber
  • Meta Data Scrubber
  • Wordshare Protect
  • Microsoft rdhtool for Office 2003/XP
  • Convert the document to PDF