The study conducted for Bitform, a software component developer of tools for content inspection and security, analyzed 8,038 files for more than two dozen specific types of metadata and hidden information which have the potential to expose proprietary or confidential information, breach corporate policies and open security holes.
It warned there are "thousands of instances" of information exposure that was likely not intended to be made public. One such instance was a white paper from a computer manufacturer containing comments intended for internal review only, which acknowledged scalability limitations of a partner product.
The researchers behind this study have suggested that this problem is more severe for smaller companies that don't have the resources or processes to review the information that is made available to the public.
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