Monday, April 7, 2008

The Swinton Six

Check out this review of State vs. Swinton and its impact on the authentication of digital images from the Stetson University College of Law.

The term "Swinton Six" comes from the following quote:

"The Connecticut Supreme Court adopted the following six factors for the authentication of computer-generated and computer-enhanced evidence:
  1. the computer equipment is accepted in the field as standard and competent and was in good working order
  2. qualified computer operators were employed
  3. proper procedures were followed in connection with the input and output of information
  4. a reliable software program was utilized
  5. the equipment was programmed and operated correctly
  6. the exhibit is properly identified as the output in question"
I've been engaged in an on-going discussion about standards and practices in the "generic forensic imaging lab." The Swinton Six can serve as template to frame discussions of this nature. 

What do you think? Where do you stand vs. the Swinton Six?

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