Electronic Crime Scene Investigation: A Guide for First Responders, Second Edition
Published April 14, 2008
Section 2 — What Is Digital Evidence?
Digital evidence is information and data of value to an investigation that is stored on, received, or transmitted by an electronic
device. This evidence is acquired when data or electronic devices are seized and secured for examination.
- Is latent, like fingerprints or DNA evidence.
- Crosses jurisdictional borders quickly and easily.
- Is easily altered, damaged, or destroyed.
- Can be time sensitive.
NOTE: First responders should remember that digital evidence may also contain physical evidence such as DNA, fingerprints, or serology.
Physical evidence should be preserved for appropriate examination.
Date Created: April 9, 2008