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Building a Digital Forensic Laboratory by Craig Valli, Andrew Jones

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Chapter 11. Management of the Collection of Evidence

Introduction

This chapter will talk about the management issues that relate to the collection of high technology crime scene evidence, a crucial part of any high technology investigation. It will also deal with issues such as continuity of evidence and in chain of custody.

The maintenance or lack thereof of the chain of evidence is one of the biggest single causes for the inadmissibility of evidence. Evidence needs to be handled in a manner that allows for full auditing and review of the processes, possession, and what testing or examination has been undertaken since it was secured and extracted from the crime scene to its eventual presentation at a hearing. The integrity of the complete record ...

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