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Discussion: SCOTUS, Carpenter & Call Detail Records

On November 29, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) will hear arguments in the case of Carpenter v. US.  At the heart of the arguments is whether or not the government (i.e., law enforcement) need a search warrant…

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Neutrality in Digital Forensics

Let’s be honest, everyone has biases about many things in life. Whether you have a bias against people’s behavior during a full moon or a bias for or against the police in an investigation, biases come in all shapes, sizes…

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The Value of Expert Witness-Attorney Relationships

The term “expert witness” may get tossed around a little more than it should.  Since leaving law enforcement, I can attest to the fact that I’ve seen so-called “experts” of all shapes and sizes.  Some are very professional and knowledgeable and some…

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Pro Digital: Investigative Solutions

Regular readers of this blog know that my professional experience and expertise started in the investigative realm.  Ever since I first got interested in law enforcement, I wanted to be an investigator and I’ve been fortunate enough to not only see…

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Five Tips for Effective Technical Warrant-Writing

Having worked in law enforcement at the level of investigator and forensic examiner and subsequently transitioning to a trainer/private practitioner role, I’m starting to gather the benefit of something many law enforcement (LE) agents may well overlook – diversity of…

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The Four Factors of Mobile Forensics

As with most private-sector digital forensic practitioners in the modern market, a great majority of our cases involve mobile device forensics.  These cases range from employment disputes to divorce.  invariably, whenever we get an intake consult for one of these cases, we…

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Never Use P2P

Why You Should Never Use Peer-to-Peer For those of you who don’t already know, peer-to-peer file sharing is a big deal, not only for “legitimate” purposes (i.e., trading of non-contraband files), but also for more nefarious purposes such as trading…

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