Workshare Releases Free Guide on Importance of Scrubbing Metadata from Legal Documents

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Free Metadata Guide Stresses Importance of Legal Metadata Clean Up, Security Control and Need for Integrated Solution

Workshare has a long heritage of delivering leading technology to the legal industry

Workshare, the leader in metadata removal and document comparison software, today makes available a new guide discussing the challenges associated with cleaning metadata from legal documents and protecting law firms from the inadvertent disclosure of confidential information. “A Guide to Managing Metadata in Today’s Law Firms,” written by collaboration expert Mike Osterman, points out the serious risks that exist, particularly for law firms which have not properly scrubbed their legal document of metadata and suggests efficient integrated solutions to minimize data breaches.

Law firms today use electronic versions of legal documents for review, discovery and submission. As legal teams review materials and forward documents electronically from person to person, metadata may be automatically generated which reveals when it was written, the author, notes on size and word count and more. This content provides critical information about the files, but is rarely intended for display. In fact, when a legal document with non-visible comments is sent outside an organization, perhaps to an opposing party during discovery, serious damaging consequences can result.

“It is so important for those in the legal field to understand the scope of the problem with legal metadata,” explained Mike Osterman, founder of Osterman Research. “This guide helps lawyers and IT professionals in law firms understand the challenges and how technology provides integrated solutions.”

“Workshare has a long heritage of delivering leading technology to the legal industry,” said Scott Smull, CEO of Workshare. “We are very pleased to be able to share this guide with legal professionals so metadata problems are minimized or reduced.”

A Guide to Managing Metadata in Today’s Law Firms is available as a PDF download at:

About Osterman Research
Osterman Research provides market research, cost modeling, benchmarking and related services to customers of messaging, collaboration and Web-related products, technologies and services. For more information, visit

About Workshare
Workshare, a company with a twelve-year history providing metadata removal and document comparison technology, enables organizations to control and manage information securely. More than one million professionals rely on Workshare solutions to increase productivity and safeguard their confidential information; ultimately securing their intellectual property, customer relationships and the organization's reputation. Workshare's comparison and collaboration solutions provide risk management and security to over 14,000 organizations worldwide. For more information, visit

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