Once again, Nikolaus Forgó and Christian Hawellek attended a kick off meeting for a new project called EVIDENCE. The meeting took place in Florence on the 24th and 25th of March 2014. EVIDENCE (full title: European Informatics Data Exchange Framework for Courts and Evidence) is an EU FP7 project with a duration of 30 month. The EVIDENCE consortium consists of 9 partners from 7 different european countries.
EVIDENCE aims at establishing a legal framwork for the exchange of electronic evidence. All legal proceedings rely on the production of evidence in order to take place. Electronic evidence is not different from traditional evidence in that is necessary for the party introducing it into legal proceedings. The very nature of data and information held in electronic form is easier to manipulate than traditional forms of data. When acquired and exchanged integrity of the information must be maintained and proved. Legislations on criminal procedures in many European countries were enacted before these technologies appeared, thus taking no account of them and creating a scenario where criteria are different, uncertain, regulations are not harmonized and aligned and therefore exchange among MS jurisdictions and at transnational level is very hard to be realized.
EVIDENCE aims at providing a road map (guidelines, recommendations, technical standards) for realising the missing Common European Framework for the systematic and uniform application of new technologies in the collection, use and exchange of evidence. This road map incorporating standardized solutions would enable policy maker to realize an efficient regulation, treatment and exchange of digital evidence, LEAs as well as judges/magistrates and prosecutors and lawyers practising in the criminal field to have at their disposal aslegal/technological background a Common European Framework allowing them to gather, use and exchangedigital evidences according to common standards and rules. EVIDENCE activities will enable the implementation of a stable network of experts in digital forensics communicating and exchanging their opinions.