Minnesota Lawyer’s Exemplary Evidence: “Discover Cloud Evidence on Smartphones, Computers”

Internet of Things
People access online cloud accounts today using their smartphone or computer.

I wrote a second article for Minnesota Lawyer this month after the holiday to develop further the discovery of cloud evidence under the series title “Exemplary Evidence“.

The article introduces the famous Dr. Edmond Locard, a French criminologist and pioneer of forensic science, often informally called the “Sherlock Holmes of France.”  He said in relation to forensic evidence, “Every contact leaves a trace.”  His concise theory became known as Locard’s exchange principle and is the basis for all forensic science as we know it today.

Locard asserts the actions a person takes leave behind remnants or trace evidence. Today those traces transcend familiar examples like fingerprints and hair follicles. Now digital traces include a computer’s web browser cache, or a smartphone’s deleted text messages, or resilient date and time stamps buried deep within documents, photographs, and videos.

The smartphone or computer provides clues to the discovery of user cloud accounts. When a digital forensic examiner recovers device evidence, its analysis highlights cloud evidence. He or she identifies connections between the cloud and a smartphone, or between the cloud and a computer. The analysis can prove document movement or other cloud-based activity relevant to the investigation.  What promising clues can the legal team discover from analysis of smartphones and computers to identity and prioritize online, cloud evidence worthy of investigation?

Read on at Minnesota Lawyer to find out the answers here:

John J. Carney  – John J. Carney, Esq.

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