Authenticating Internet Web Pages as Evidence: a New Approach

Previously, in Forensic Focus, we addressed the issue of evidentiary authentication of social media data. General Internet site data available through standard web browsing, instead of social media data provided by APIs or user credentials, presents slightly different but just as compelling challenges, which are outlined below. To help address these unique challenges, we are introducing and outlining a specified technical process to authenticate collected “live” web pages for investigative and judicial purposes. We are not asserting that this process must be adopted as a universal standard and recognize that there may be other valid means authenticate website evidence. However, we believe that the technical protocols outlined below can be a very effective means to properly authenticate and verify evidence collected from websites while at the same time facilitating an automated and scalable digital investigation workflow…

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