Windows Vista: Beware of Metadata Slips

From eWeek
A feature expected in the next version of Windows that will allow users to tag documents and other files with "metadata" could lead to embarrassing information disclosures if companies are not careful, according to research from Gartner Inc.

New features in beta releases of the next version of Microsoft Corp.’s Windows make it easy to attach metadata, or keywords, to different documents.

However, there is no easy way to control the metadata once documents leave the Windows system or enterprise network.

Companies need to be aware of this fact and take steps to make sure that sensitive keywords and other metadata are stripped from documents before they are made public, Gartner said.

Gartner’s research note, "Plan to deal with metadata issues with Windows Vista," published Wednesday, takes Microsoft to task for not designing security into the upcoming versions of Windows, code-named Vista, and Microsoft Office.

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