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May 20, 2008

More Redacted Data Blues

There's another sensitive report issued by the Justice Department Office of Inspector General that had redacted data that actually wasn't too hard to unredact.  The report concerning payments to telecoms to upgrade their switches to comply with CALEA had dollar amounts blocked.  Interesting that the blocked text could be unblocked with a simple cut and paste out of the PDF.

Wired has the story, along with a link to the NSA guide on how to protect sensitive text from appearing after the fact in public documents.  Lawyers could use that.  Remember all the snarky stuff in the "redacted" exhibits submitted by the FTC to court in the Whole Foods merger case?  Whole Foods did not appreciate their trade secrets getting out into the world.

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