The "Electronic Evidence Guide" (EEG) that has been developed by the Council of Europe for over a year has been released just a few days ago. Many of you might have heard about this document on different occasions like the last Octopus Conference or the International Workshop in Struga last year.
The guide has been developed within the framework of the CyberCrime@IPA project and is intended for use by law enforcement and judicial authorities only. The purpose of the guide is to provide support and guidance in the identification and handling of electronic evidence using methods that will ensure that the authenticity of evidence will be maintained throughout the process.
The EEG has been prepared for use by countries that are developing their response to cybercrime and establishing rules and protocols to deal with electronic evidence. Most of the existing guides have been created for the law enforcement community, some of them already being outdated. This guide is for a wider audience and includes also judges, prosecutors and others in the justice system such as private sector investigators, lawyers, notaries and clerks.
The guide also covers state-of-the-art technology such as mobile devices and cloud storage and even has a section about live data forensics raising awareness for the importance of acquiring volatile data. Another very useful part of the guide is its Appendix section where you can find flowcharts for quick reference as well as an extensive glossary and a broad range of different model forms.
Please note that each version of the Electronic Evidence Guide has a "time to live" on it. It is intended that the guide will be updated before that date to take into account any relevant changes in technology, procedures and practices that are relevant to the content of this guide. To keep you updated about changes to the guide the Council of Europe secured the document with a password and has implemented a procedure for the distribution.
If you are interested in the Electronic Evidence Guide you just have to follow the instructions that the Council of Europe provide on their EEG website:
Electronic Evidende Guide on CoE website
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