Monday, April 4, 2011

Ethical Practices in Digital Forensics: Part 1

This in from Forensic Magazine's John J. Barbara: "There are many examiners in the Digital Forensic community who are not aware that professional codes of conduct and codes of ethical practices need to be an inherent part of every examination. This is especially important since it is a common practice to only examine the digital media for specific information requested by the investigator. For instance, an investigator may direct the examiner to search for child pornography on a subject’s computer. The resulting report might state that ten pictures were found. However, there needs to be a further explanation given by the examiner as to how the pictures got onto the subject’s computer. A thorough forensic examination may conclude that no conclusive determination can be made. This would be analogous to a “neither/nor” result ..."

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