Social media is the subject of much discussion in the world of evidence and often critical information to support a case is held within the plethora of different networking sites, apps and peer-to-peer communication tools.
The process of ensuring that this relevant information can be admissible in a legal hearing or to support some form of investigation is not as straight forward as ‘screen shoting’ the bits you deem to be of importance, this is not forensically sound and may be open to challenge in court or even dismissed as contaminated hearsay. Standard rules of provenance apply to online evidence, so the main concern is the adequate authentication of the original content.
Thanks to social networking sites, the most popular and commonly investigated in cases includes the likes of Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram, people share everything from videos, photos, news, opinions, comments, up to the minute details of where they are in the form of ‘check-in’s’ and generally what they are doing or where they are travelling. Geotags and other metadata, that often users are not aware of, form important information for a case which specialist forensic tools are able to utilise in order to build a full picture. Facebook alone has over one billion users and in amongst all that traffic evidence lies waiting to be discovered. Evidence with the potential to exonerate your client or help to bolster your case against a criminal gang could be at your fingertips.
Some areas where Social Media evidence may be relevant:
- Employee misconduct
- Identity theft and fraud
- Civil litigation
- Child protection cases
- Misuse of drugs cases
- Brand protection
- Personal Injury
- Divorce/matrimonial disputes
The benefits of forensic collection of social media data
Although social media content is not designed to be collected or audited, the flexible search functionality of our tools means we can reduce irrelevant information and provide you with the most pertinent material. We will also ensure online content is protected from accidental or malicious spoliation making it defensible in court.