In all legal proceedings we rely on the production of evidence. In doing so we have to rely on Electronic evidence as well, because there is essentielly no difference to traditional evidence. Elecronic evidence is necessary for the party introducing it into legal proceedings, to be able to demonstrate that it is no more and no less than it was, when it came into their possession. In other words, no changes, deletions, additions or other alterations have taken place. The EVIDENCE project supported by the IRI 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.
In doing so the IRI took part in a Round Table Discussion on 11th and 12th of May regarding electronic evidence at EuroJust in The Hague. EuroJust deals with the judicial cooperation in criminal matters throuhout the European Union. The agency is due to the Eurojust Decision of the Council of the European Union, involved when two or more Member states are affected by crimes in which Europol (the European Police Office) is entitled to act. This includes criminal activity like organised crime, terrorism and other forms of serious crime.
The workshop was organised by members of the consortium of the EVIDENCE project and dealt with questions arising from the usage of electronic evidence. Apart from several consortium members, representatives of EuroJust, EuroPol and the International Criminal Court were present. The IRI contributed with a short presentation on data protection issues when gathering, using and exchanging electronic evidence given by Friederike Knoke and Jonathan Stoklas.