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On a New British Standard for Storing Data to be Used as Evidence

Posted by rjbiii on December 25, 2008

The Register reports that the national standards body of the U.K., the BSI Group, has formulated a new standard for storing data properly for “maximizing” the weight of data presented in court. The standard deals with the manner in which evidence is stored.
From the article:

By complying with BS 10008, “it is anticipated that the evidential weight of electronic information transferred to and/or managed by a corporate body will be maximised,” said national standards body BSI British Standards.

The Standard is called Evidential weight and legal admissibility of electronic information – Specification. It sets out the requirements for the implementation and operation of electronic information management systems, including the storage and transfer of information, and addresses issues relating to authenticity and integrity of information.

Legal admissibility concerns whether or not a piece of evidence would be accepted by a court of law. To ensure admissibility, information must be managed by a secure system throughout its lifetime, which can be for many years. Where doubt can be placed on the information, the evidential weight may be reduced, potentially harming the legal case.

From the BSI Group’s description:

What does the standard include?

* The management of electronic information over long periods, including through technology changes, where information integrity is vital
* How to manage the various risks associated with electronic information
* How to demonstrate the authenticity of electronic information
* The management of quality issues related to document scanning processes
* The provision of a full life history of an electronic object throughout its life
* Electronic transfer of information from one computer system to another
* Covers policies, security issues, procedures, technology requirements and auditability of electronic document management systems (EDMS).

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