7 Common Challenges Police Forces Face When Handling Digital Evidence
By Eunbyeol Koh on September 9, 2021
An ever-growing abundance of digital evidence
Today, police forces are adopting new tools for surveillance to gather evidence. From CCTV systems on-site to the use of body-worn cameras, drones, biometrics, and more – the amount of digital evidence is increasing exponentially. Since almost everyone has the capability to capture photos and videos using mobile phones, crowdsourced evidence has also had a significant impact on crime investigations.
The demand for appropriate tools to handle digital evidence
One of the biggest issues of the abundance of digital evidence concerns the security associated with the sharing of this data. A recent study on criminal justice by the EU stated that stakeholders participating in the criminal justice system need to securely communicate and exchange information via digital means. This calls for solutions to allow stakeholders to communicate in a secure way, including sending and receiving sensitive and confidential data.
The study stated that “the lack of appropriate tools in cross-border cooperation can raise significant risks, such as: shared information is incomplete, or not updated; time is lost; data may be transmitted in an insecure way; links between cases are not identified; and conflicts of jurisdiction are not detected or solved on time. The recent COVID-19 crisis and its impact on judicial cooperation in criminal matters have endorsed the need for further digitalization of justice and has increased the need for immediate reaction and change.”
Based on the information provided by the EU, most of the experienced issues could be easily overcome through the availability of appropriate digital tools, thereby allowing most of the cooperation to continue as normal.
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