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View Diary: Fmr. CIA Deputy Dir. Morell In Sen. Judiciary Cmte. Testimony: NSA's “Metadata” Is “Content” (118 comments)

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    After I send this message I am going to go get a cup of coffee and come back to my desk and open a Content Management System. I am going to look at a number of records (bot image/text, image only and text only) and then add to these records various types of info, from info such as dates and place names, to "guideposts" that link  to the top level data. Those who use our service never see he metadata, and I doubt the majority even know it exists.

    As someone who has been a metadata analyst since 2007 I think I know what I am talking about. Metadata is data that is not visible on the surface. So the actual content the text message in question is not meta. But all the other stuff beneath it is the metadata.

    BTW in case anyone thinks I am talking about anything nefarious, I am in academics -- which may be nefarious in other ways. Ha.

    Health insurance is not health care.

    by Jarrayy on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 10:05:41 AM PST

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    •  Text messages are sent as metadata (0+ / 0-)

      and as such can legally be considered metadata. I realize that a normal definition of metadata would not include them, but this isn't a normal definition, it's a government definition. So yes, text messages shouldn't be considered metadata, but they are.

      If knowledge is power and power corrupts, does that mean that knowledge corrupts?

      by AoT on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 10:44:48 AM PST

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