U.S. Judge Orders Disclosure of Metadata

11 February 2011

A U.S. federal court has ordered the release of metadata – tracking information imbedded in electronic documents.

The decision was issued Feb. 7 in National Day Laborer Organizing Network v. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency.

Materials provided by the agency were unsearchable and unusable, the court said, because it came in the form of a large PDF without metadata such as file dates, names, attachment data and other identifying information.

A longer story on the ruling is available from the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press.

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