Digital Evidence

  • Robert P. Bianchi
  • Mark Pollitt
Part of the Forensic Science and Medicine book series (FSM)


Since the advent of the microprocessor, affordable storage devices, and networks, more of our daily lives are being recorded in the ones and zeros of the digital world. So it is not surprising that when crimes and torts are committed, there is often evidence of probative value stored or transmitted in digital form. This, in fact, is the definition of digital evidence (DE) according to the Scientific Working Group on Digital Evidence (SWGDE) (1). This DE can be probative in virtually any criminal or civil matter. As a result of this, it appears DE will likely become the predominant form of evidence in the 21st century.


Storage Device Random Access Memory Digital Evidence Forensic Examination Search Warrant 
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© Humana Press Inc., Totowa, NJ 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert P. Bianchi
    • 1
  • Mark Pollitt
    • 2
  1. 1.Bianchi ConsultingFairfax
  2. 2.Digital Evidence Professional Services, Inc.Ellicott City

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