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"Novel technologies have disrupted the way in which current digital forensic investigations are pursued. Although technology enables tremendous opportunities to conduct these investigations in a smarter, more efficient and more flexible manner, it raises new ethical dilemmas. Ethics, understood as the moral principles of what is good or wrong, are an integral part of the ongoing of any forensic investigation."

Check out the interview with our External Adivisory Board member, Filippo Marchetti, and our legal experts, István Böröcz and Paul Quinn, aiming to address the ethical dilemmas generated by the implementation of new technologies, in particular, in the scope of digital forensic investigations.

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Project Summary

LOCARD is an ambitious project that aims to develop a collaborative and distributed platform toautomate the collection and documentation of every digital evidence, presenting the ultimatesolution of accommodating independent users, jurisdictions, territories and global regulation,together with high security demands. The project started in May 2019 (and will last until April 2022),is composed by 19 partners and has 7 million budget. As depicted in the following figure, LOCARD iscurrently at month 20.

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LOCARD architecture a 

One of the most attractive outcomes of the LOCARD project is the holistic forensic platform where law enforcement agencies, forensic laboratories and judicial authorities, among others, can use to preserve the integrity of the chain of custody of digital evidences collected from criminal activities. The LOCARD’s public deliverable D3.5 (see HERE) describes the LOCARD architecture, its components, and main technologies. To this end, implementation details are provided at a modular level, by describing the functionality and operation of each module, as well as at an integration level between the different modules.

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LOCARD blockchain 

The ubiquitous nature of digital devices such as smartphones, laptops and the IoT, makes digital evidences extremely relevant for criminal investigations on all kinds of criminal behaviour, including contraband, human trafficking, child pornography and murder. The LOCARD’s holistic platform aims to ensure the chain of custody through the forensic workflow, by storing digital evidence metadata in a blockchain. Blockchain technology, which has boomed worldwide over recent years, employs cryptographic and algorithmic methods to log and synchronise data across the network in an immutable way. In this sense, the use of a blockchain within the LOCARD platform endows trustworthiness, integrity, authenticity and transparency throughout the entire forensic workflow, i.e. from the collection of digital evidences, going through the processing of the stored data to realise incidents reporting, to the final prosecution in a court of law. The blockchain’s properties prevent disputing the chain of custody of digital evidences during a judicial procedure, a common challenge for many law enforcement agencies and forensic laboratories in spite of properly documenting the entire forensic workflows.

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Technology and ubiquitous devices, such as computers, smartphones and smartwatches, have redefined our society and the way we live. However, malicious entities have also learnt how to exploit these assets to commit criminal activities, ranging from financial frauds, intellectual property theft, industrial espionage to contraband activities, child pornography and even murder. In this sense, digital evidences are paramount in current criminal investigations related to all kinds of criminal behaviour. Indeed, emails, phone calls, SMS messages, hidden files, etc. are in many cases the only evidences. Therefore, ensuring evidences’ integrity and availability is crucial for being admissible to a court of law to achieve successful prosecution.

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The APWG.eu participates in the design effort in the development of a chain of custody clearinghouse and management platform that would automate the collection, and chain-of-custody requirements, for processing and archiving digital evidence, from offline data captured from cellphones to online data intercepted in one-off video streams, web pages and databases.

The Lawful evidence cOllecting and Continuity plAtfoRm Development (LOCARD) system, a project recently funded through the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 program, would automate the collection and documentation of every digital form of evidence in every format and medium. LOCARD proposes a comprehensive framework to make far-flung, variously captured and disparate data resources into court-ready, forensically sound evidence that complies with all the special requirements demanded for the forensic capture, preservation and presentment of these data.

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