Chief’s Counsel: The Evolving Law of the Digital Crime Scene

A growing percentage of the evidence in criminal cases exists in the digital world, and the post-Snowden public can be suspicious of government access to digital information. The access to much of digital evidence is controlled or influenced by multinational corporations for whom public safety is only one of a range of concerns—their primary concerns also include brand value, customer trust, and the economic realities of their vast enterprises.

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