Crime in the digital age
Faced with the developing capabilities of modern technology, police are calling for increased detention powers to enable them to undertake detailed computer and mobile phone analyses. Richard Meal describes how IT forensics can help prosecutions
The benefits of forensic examination in the IT sector cannot be emphasised enough. Digital evidence that is correctly examined, processed, collated and presented can be as compelling as any other, for police investigations and ultimately in court. It can provide a digital ‘smoking gun’ upon which a perpetrator may have left his and members of his group’s ‘prints’. However, the challenge in the digital age is that this evidence must be obtained in a manner not open to doubt through means derived or presented. It must be clear and under-standable by both non-technical judiciary and the jury.
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