Remote Access to Digital Evidence

So many investigations today involve digital evidence — and it grows increasingly likely all the time that this digital evidence is held at a remote location, possibly even by a company overseas. A report recently published by the RAND Corporation (made possible by an NIJ grant) seeks "to improve legitimate law enforcement access and use of remotely held digital evidence in a manner that is legal, effective, timely, and understandable."

 

With information driven largely by a panel of experts on the topic, the report explains the need for law enforcement and service providers to establish an efficient means for information sharing.

Recommendations include:

  • Create a way for investigators to access specialists and training for working with providers of data
  • Provide standards for data requests served to providers
  • Research methodologies for collecting digital evidence
  • Improve communication between law enforcement and service provider

You can read the report and full recommendations here.

 
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