Blurred Sensitve Information Permanent?

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When sensitive information is blurred & the image is saved, can the blur be removed & the sensitive information revealed using the image metatdata?
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Judy B

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Rick Stone

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Hi Judy

By "saved", I'm assuming you mean that you captured the information and saved as a BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG or whatever, right? If so, then the blur would be permanent.

I never profess to be a totally image GURU, but I'm unaware of anything that would store metadata related to a portion of an image. I mean, I know metadata can be added using assorted image applications. But certainly if you used SnagIt to capture an image, I don't believe there would be any metadata added. But only TechSmith can say for certain.

Cheers... Rick :)
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Hi Rick,
Thanks for your reply. Yes, I meant saved as an image file such as the ones you listed.
Thanks again,
Judy
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Kaitlin

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Hey guys! Rick is right - we aren't storing anything in metadata that would compromise privacy. Once blur is placed and the image is flattened, no one will ever know what info is being obscured.

Please let me know if we can answer any additional questions for you!
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Hi Kaitlin,
Thanks for the information. Just to clarify....would a user need to right click on the image to "Flatten All" before saving or would that be a best practice. I'm am preparing an institution wide implementation of Snagit and want to provide the best information possible in my trainings etc.
Thanks again,
Judy

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Hi Judy,

You're very welcome!

It's not necessary to "Flatten All" before saving. Sorry for the confusion there. As long as you save the project in a file type that is not .snag (i.e.: jpg, gif, png, etc), the image will flatten automatically. Saving in those file types sort of "finalize" projects.

I hope I explained that well. I'm happy to answer anything else that I can. Sounds like you've got a big job ahead of you!

Best wishes,
Kaitlin

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Applying the Flatten All to a Snag-it file type followed by save makes the obfuscation irreversable.  So even if you don't convert it to png, tiff, etc it isn't able to be reversed.  We use this frequently when harvesting data for training samples.  We obfuscate the sensitive data and then we send the snag-it's to our instructional designer who is outsourced.  She can't reverse it, even though she tried because we got too blur happy.