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Computer Forensics: Bringing the Evidence to Court

Posted by Xavier Ashe on August 17, 2005

Computers have become an important part of our lives and as such are
involved in almost everything we do from paying bills to booking
vacations. However, computer systems have also become the mainstay of
criminal activity. And when the individuals involved are brought before
the courts, innocence or guilt is basically decided by testimonies and
evidence. Of the two areas, evidence is probably the area most key. And
when it comes to “evidence” it is the accuracy of that evidence which
may be the difference in determining the outcome of the trail.

Relying more and more on the evidence extracted from computer
systems to bring about convictions has forged a new means of scientific
investigation. The term used to coin this area of investigation is
“computer forensics.” It is an area of science that has come under the
scrutiny of law enforcement, federal, state, and local government
officials. And the reason for the scrutiny revolves around the
“cleanliness” of the data being presented. Jerry Wegman, an Associate
Professor of Business Law, states, “Computer forensics has developed as
an indispensable tool for law enforcement. But in the digital world, as
in the physical l world, the goals of law enforcement are balanced with
the goals of maintaining personal liberty and privacy. Computer
forensic investigators must be aware of the legal environment in which
they work, or they risk having the evidence they obtain being ruled
inadmissible.”

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