LawTech Europe Congress 2013 Prague 21st-22nd October 2013- Electronic evidence & forensics discussions -

  • Paul Salazar

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Electronic evidence & forensics discussions

It is a well-known fact that over 90% of all information is created and stored electronically. The exponential growth of Electronically Stored Information (ESI) has had a tremendous impact on the way we live our lives and the manner in which businesses use information. Apart from stored (static) data, there is also the increasing growth of network data or data in motion.


Information growth means that as part of the need for corporate governance, companies need to have a good understanding of how much data is stored within their environments, have readiness plans in place in preparation for internal or external investigations and audits, as well as putting in place the right tools and solutions that would collect, process, analyse, and produce the required information in a forensically-sound manner.


Today's legal professionals need to fully understand the complexities of IT in order to be able to present evidence in disputes in a way that is defensible and timely. Crucially important is the authenticity, security, and integrity of digital information used by law enforcement agencies in the proper presentation and prosecution of crimes.  

In contrast to former years where most evidence was in tangible paper format, new forms of information and evidence can be found in a myriad of formats; databases, word documents and spreadsheets, image and video files etc. These forms of information can now be found on CDs, mobile phones, USB devices, personal digital assistants, and other emerging electronic devices. These changes have influenced the way in which authorities and courts treat and accept electronic evidence. Gradually, electronic evidence in being seen on the same level as paper and other forms of tangible evidence.


The greater use of electronic evidence also presents new challenges of integrity and authenticity, costs of retrieval, authoritative interpretation of electronic information, and the capture of  constantly changing network information. Apart from the rules, guidelines, standards, and laws pertaining to the use of evidence, forensics play a major part in terms of the science of accurately determining the piece of evidence that is in question, when the action took place, how it came to be, and who or what is responsible for that action. Forensics can involve the search for deleted files, encryption, steganography, metadata, and other important artefacts. Forensic integrity forms the very foundation on which evidence can be trusted and relied upon.

LTEC (LawTech Europe Congress) creates the forum in which all theses issues stated above can be discussed. Where cutting-edge solutions can be presented, and delegates can be empowered to resolve their corporate, law enforcement, government, and legal challenges in their respective environments. The discussions and presentations also enable delegates to take proactive measures in information management in order to reduce their reputational, legal, regulatory, and financial risks. LTEC is the ideal place to find out how best to manage e-mail recovery, utilise the latest advanced search technologies, manage data identification, preservation, collection, review, and production.



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