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Lawful evidence cOllecting & Continuity plAtfoRm Development

LOCARD is the next generation platform to process digital evidence through blockchain technology and generate mutual recognition of judicial decisions among the EU.

Project Overview

LOCARD’s research and toolbox will contribute to elevate the level of security across Europe.
Target Group
LOCARD will provide LEAs, Judicial Authorities and private companies an innovative platform to manage digital evidence easily.
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Become part of the network of stakeholders and get early access to technology and public results.
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Project Overview

LOCARD is a project funded through the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 program, that would automate the collection of digital evidence in any electronic format and medium. Its goal is to provide a comprehensive management approach to handle digital evidence to be presented in a court of law, alleviating many issues of current art and practice. LOCARD aims to increase trust in the handling and processing of digital evidence and the management of chain of custody by providing transparency and using immutable chain of custody stored with blockchain technology.


Innovation Areas

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All digital evidences have to be stored in a manner that cannot be disputed in a court of law.

LOCARD will provide a platform based on blockchain technology that will guarantee the immutability, transparency, robustness, auditability, integrity, authenticity and security of the digital evidence.

Manage an immutable chain of custody of the digital evidence.
Create commitments per involved entity to handle the digital evidence accordingly.
Allow for usage of live-streaming data as evidence.
Provide online crawlers to detect deviant behaviour in online content.
International usage of digital evidence in the corresponding format.
Tag malicious activities in data streams and receive notifications once alert criteria are met.
Allow victim organisations to monitor the progress of their investigation in real-time.
Publish anonymised data to find correlations and identify campaigns.
Offline tools to collect multimedia evidence from media.
Infrastructure to store all digital evidence and handle its use in a court.
Integration of the platform modules in a Trusted Execution Environment.
Allow citizens report malicious online events and activities.
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Innovation Areas

There is a lack of standardisation on how forensic reports are presented to different stakeholders.

LOCARD will introduce new documents completing the existing norms in digital investigations, enabling stronger cross-border cooperation and evidence exchanges. Moreover, LOCARD will study how to support scalability and efficiency for storing and sharing vast amounts of data with blockchain technologies.

Foster unification and standardisation of digital forensic procedures

Legal Admissibility between EU Member States

Use of blockchain technology to store data and ensure traceability

Research on mobile and cloud forensics procedures

LOCARD aims to provide an holistic, trusted and distributed platform for chain of custody assurance along the forensics workflow allowing the storage of digital evidence metada in a blockchain.


Law Enforcement Agencies

LOCARD will provide Law Enforcement Agencies and Judicial Authorities an innovative platform to manage digital evidence continuity of evidence easily, as well as a way to support cooperation and exchange of information between different jurisdictions. This will speed up and facilitate criminal investigations as well as assure evidence integrity for presentation in a Court.


LOCARD will greatly benefit private organisations, especially those engaged in the providing of digital services. The platform’s modules will support forensic readiness processes, as well as compliance with GDPR provisions such as data breach notifications.


LOCARD’s research and toolbox will contribute to elevate the level of security across Europe by providing the different actors involved in judicial proceedings with comprehensive tools to assure timely collection and the integrity of digital evidence. LOCARD’s identity management and blockchain elements will also support accountability of justice, and so citizens’ trust. Moreover, the crowdsourcing platform will put citizens in the loop, allowing them to timely report incidents and know that their input is evaluated.

Become Part of Our Stakeholders Network

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LOCARD is an ambitious project that not only seeks to generate high-quality results but aims to create a real and lasting impact in the digital forensic field. Hence, LOCARD is building a network of stakeholders (among Law Enforcement Agencies and Juditial Authorities, National or International Institutions, Research Centres and private companies from the forensics sector) interested in the results of the project, as well as in the use of the platform developed by the project.

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Early access to technology and public results

Demonstration of the platform during the project

Customization of the platform following the given feedback

Training and webinars

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University of Malta


University of Malta

The University of Malta (UM) is the highest teaching institution in Malta catering for some 11,500 students including over 1000 international students (450 are visiting students) from 92 different countries, following full-time or part-time degree and diploma courses.

UM is also home to a number of leading research programmes, including digital games research, climate change, metamaterials, physical oceanography and maritime law.

The Department of Computer Science has a good research track record in a number of areas, with the security of computer systems being one of the recent additions. The CyberForensics initiative in particular has been exploring ways to advance the state-of-the-art in Memory Forensics as an effective means to respond to cyberattacks. Building upon this experience, UM will be exploring the threat posed by attacks targeting Android mobile devices, aiming to hijack their messaging functionality while maintaining long-term stealth. Subsequently, it will develop a digital investigation technique enabling effective responses as part of Locard's mobile device collector module.

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