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The fourth version of the Association of Chief Police Officers’(ACPO) Good Practice Guide for Computer-Based Electronic Evidence has been released.
With ever-increasing numbers of digital seizures and constantly developing technology, the guidelines are essential to informing the collection and preservation of this most fragile form of evidence. Previous versions of this document have set vital standards for law enforcement and corporate investigators alike, a position continued with this and future revisions of the document.
The continuing fast paced evolution of both hardware and software makes it essential to develop best practice in line with the technical challenges which are faced when capturing digital evidence, in order to prevent its contamination or loss. This latest revision is not only timely, but also essential, in order that practices are fit for purpose when considering recent and upcoming advances in every day technology.