Handling and Exchanging Electronic Evidence Across Europe

  • Maria Angela Biasiotti
  • Jeanne Pia Mifsud Bonnici
  • Joe Cannataci
  • Fabrizio Turchi

Part of the Law, Governance and Technology Series book series (LGTS, volume 39)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Setting the Scene

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Maria Angela Biasiotti, Joseph A. Cannataci, Jeanne Pia Mifsud Bonnici, Fabrizio Turchi
      Pages 3-12
  3. International Perspective

  4. Institutional/Operational Perspective

  5. Evidence Project Perspective

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 161-161
    2. Sveva Avveduto, Sara Conti, Daniela Luzi, Lucio Pisacane
      Pages 163-188
    3. Jeanne Pia Mifsud Bonnici, Melania Tudorica, Joseph A. Cannataci
      Pages 189-234
    4. Nikolaus Forgó, Christian Hawellek, Friederike Knoke, Jonathan Stoklas
      Pages 255-288
    5. Mattia Epifani, Fabrizio Turchi
      Pages 311-335
    6. Nikolaos Matskanis, Jean-Christophe Deprez, Fabrice Estievenart, Christophe Ponsard
      Pages 351-374
    7. Maria Angela Biasiotti, Joseph A. Cannataci, Jeanne Pia Mifsud Bonnici, Melania Tudorica
      Pages 375-420

About this book


This volume offers a general overview on the handling and regulating electronic evidence in Europe, presenting a standard for the exchange process. Chapters explore the nature of electronic evidence and readers will learn of the challenges involved in upholding the necessary standards and maintaining the integrity of information. Challenges particularly occur when European Union member states collaborate and evidence is exchanged, as may be the case when solving a cybercrime. One such challenge is that the variety of possible evidences is so wide that potentially anything may become the evidence of a crime. Moreover, the introduction and the extensive use of information and communications technology (ICT) has generated new forms of crimes or new ways of perpetrating them, as well as a new type of evidence.

Contributing authors examine the legal framework in place in various EU member states when dealing with electronic evidence, with prominence given to data protection and privacy issues. Readers may learn about the state of the art tools and standards utilized for treating and exchanging evidence, and existing platforms and environments run by different Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) at local and central level. Readers will also discover the operational point of view of LEAs when dealing with electronic evidence, and their requirements and expectations for the future. Finally, readers may consider a proposal for realizing a unique legal framework for governing in a uniform and aligned way the treatment and cross border exchange of electronic evidence in Europe.

The use, collection and exchange of electronic evidence in the European Union context and the rules, practises, operational guidelines, standards and tools utilized by LEAs, judges, Public prosecutors and other relevant stakeholders are all covered in this comprehensive work. It will appeal to researchers in both law and computer science, as well as those with an interest in privacy, digital forensics, electronic evidence, legal frameworks and law enforcement.


Digital Forensic Electronic Evidence Law Enforcement Legal framework Data Privacy Electronic Evidence in the European Union ICT and crime Legal perspective in Treating and Exchanging Digital Evidence Technical perspective Treating and Exchanging Digital Evidence Evidence project Environment for Exchanging Digital evidence

Editors and affiliations

  • Maria Angela Biasiotti
    • 1
  • Jeanne Pia Mifsud Bonnici
    • 2
  • Joe Cannataci
    • 3
  • Fabrizio Turchi
    • 4
  1. 1.ITTIG-Institute of Legal Information Theory and TechniquesCNR-National Research Council of ItalyFlorenceItaly
  2. 2.RUG-University of GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands
  3. 3.RUG-University of GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands
  4. 4.ITTIG-Institute of Legal Information Theory and TechniquesCNR-National Research Council of ItalyFlorenceItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Law and Criminology
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-74871-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-74872-6
  • Series Print ISSN 2352-1902
  • Series Online ISSN 2352-1910
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