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Authenticating Internet Web Pages as Evidence: a New Approach

By John Patzakis [1] and Brent Botta [2] Previously, in Forensic Focus, we addressed the issue of evidentiary authentication of social media data (see previous entries here and here). General Internet site data available through standard web browsing, instead of social media data provided by APIs or user credentials, presents slightly different but just as compelling challenges, … Continue reading

Key Twitter and Facebook Metadata Fields Forensic Investigators Need to be Aware of

Authentication of social media evidence can present significant challenges when you collect by screen shots, printouts or raw html feeds from an archive tool. This is just one reason why social media data must be properly collected, preserved, searched and produced in a manner consistent with best practices. When social media is collected with a … Continue reading

689 Published Cases Involving Social Media Evidence (with full case listing)

The torrent of social media evidence continues to grow. In November 2011 we, at X1 Discovery, searched online legal databases of state and federal court decisions across the United States to identify the number of cases from 2010 and through November 2011 where evidence from social networking sites played a significant role.  As we mentioned … Continue reading

Overcoming Potential Legal Challenges to the Authentication of Social Media Evidence

By John Patzakis1 Summary: Social media evidence is highly relevant to most legal disputes and broadly discoverable, but challenges lie in evidentiary authentication without best practices technology and processes. This whitepaper examines these challenges faced by eDiscovery practitioners and investigators and illustrates best practices for collection, preservation, search and production of social media data. Also … Continue reading

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