Electronic discovery is a term used in court as the evidence gathered from an electronic source. There are many different types that fall under this category including, but not limited to, cell phone conversations, emails, text messages, website history, blog postings, and many others. This evidence is treated differently, but often becomes stronger if enough is known about the source.
The purpose of e-discovery is to find evidence that can be used for a particular court case from a computer that is either connected to a network – like the internet – or has been confiscated and is physically searched by government commissioned hackers. Sometimes, the computer is taken and a digital copy of the hard drive is created. Continue reading