Authentication Issues Of Computer Records

For cases involving child pornography or computer related crimes including hacking and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, electronic evidence may prove to be the best evidence. However, with these computer records to be applicable in court proceedings depends on whether the evidence will be admissible under the federal rules of evidence. Whether or not these records can be authenticated or that there contents can be proven as being “real” however must be proven.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

How can it be proven that records have not been tampered or altered?
How can the reliability of a computer record be proven?
How can the author of the computer records be verified?

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