Copy-and-Paste Reveals Classified U.S. Documents "Posted by CmdrTaco on Sunday May 01, @09:43AMfrom the hate-when-that-happens dept.cyclop writes "In March, U.S. troops in Iraq shot to death Nicola Calipari, the Italian intelligence agent that rescued the kidnapped journalist Giuliana Sgrena. U.S. commission on the incident produced a report which public version was censored for more than one third. Now Italian press is reporting that all confidential information in the report is available to the public, just by copying "hidden" text from the PDF and pasting it in a word processor (Italian). The uncensored report can now be directly downloaded (evil .DOC format, sorry)"
On a related note, I received a draft sub-license agreement to review from a client a few weeks ago. The licensor, who created the draft, probably didn't notice that it included loads of information using "track changes." When viewed with "final showing markup" in Word, it could be seen that the license was actually created by modifying a settlement agreement with the original licensor. The entire previous agreement was right there ... For goodness' sake, people, use a metadata scrubber!
UPDATE: You can download the original PDF file at http://download.repubblica.it/pdf/rapportousacalipari.pdf. It looks like they just drew black boxes over the text. About as effective as doing this.