The ethos that “every contact leaves a trace” is as true in the digital environment as in a conventional crime scene. Ian Kennedy explains

When Dr Harold Shipman was in his surgery fabricating the medical records of his victims, he was unaware that the very computer he was using was silently auditing every false date he entered onto the medical records. Ironically, the very tool he was using to commit this attempt at deception would later become a witness against him. Dr Shipman's surgery computer had become its very own digital crime scene.

Digital crime scene

Digital devices such as computers hold a wealth of information about recent and in some cases much less recent activities. Many actions performed by a user are surreptitiously recorded and stored away in various locations, as Shipman found out to his cost.

This audit trail of ...

Jean-Yves Gilg
Solicitors Journal

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