Tracks downloaded from iTunes appear to be embedded with information about the buyer

DRM-free iTunes tracks contain personal data

As iTunes launched its DRM-free music download service, it has become apparent that they contain data about those who bought them.

After music without DRM encryption went on sale on May 30th under the iTunes Plus brand, it was soon discovered that full names, emails and account information of who bought the tracks were contained within them – leading some to fear that the information could be used to identify the owner of the tracks circulating on file sharing sites.

Apple has not announced what it plans to do with the information embedded in the music files, reported The BBC.

Some have speculated that it will only a matter of time before a utility program was developed that which stripped out such identifying information, but at this stage it is not clear how deeply the user data is embedded in the track or how easy it would be to remove it.

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