The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) has released a new guide to collecting electronic evidence.
The Good Practice Guide for Computer-Based Electronic Evidence has been revised by experts to reflect recent developments in computer forensic investigation techniques.
The new version includes directions for working with volatile electronic data and aims to allow users to extract evidence from live systems and networks.
The guide was launched at the ACPO e-crime conference, which explored the rapidly changing nature of policing cyber-crime.
It was produced with information security services firm 7Safe.
Alan Phillips, managing director of 7Safe, said, "The Guide is recognised as the definitive rule book for digital forensic investigations. In addition to criminal cases, any type of contentious incident in the workplace is almost certain to involve large amounts of electronic evidence, and dealing with this data in the appropriate way can prevent far-reaching problems."
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