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e-Discovery Blog

The Foundations of Digital Evidence

Re. Vee Vinhnee When traditional courts met with electronic evidence… The 2005 case of Re. Vee Vinhnee is, to this day, a leading case in the standards of admissibility of digital evidence in the courts, with its findings ever conclusive and integral to eDiscovery a decade later. In this bankruptcy case, key witness evidence in […]
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Cybercrime Update: Instascamming

The Insta-Scam (and Instaspam components)  is a relatively new cyber scam operated on social media and targeting users on mediums such as Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. The Traditional Insta-Scam Scammers post pictures on social media of free items, giveaways and high-end brands, encouraging social media to “like and share” to comply with contest “rules” (also […]
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Cybercrime Update: CatPhishing

Ways to Protect Yourself Online from “Crooked Sweethearts” Catphishing (or “Catfishing”) is a “romance scam” and form of fraud, highly popularised by the use of social media networks, online chat forums and documentary-turned television series by the same name. The term “catfish” was defined in the Oxford dictionary in 2014 (“to lure someone into a […]
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Spoliation Sanctions: Social Media Clean Up

Lester v. Allied Concrete [2014] In this rare instance, Virginia State fined an attorney $522,000 in Spoliation sanctions for advising his client to “clean up” his Facebook account during litigation proceedings; deeming it to be the largest eDiscovery spoliation sanction to that point. A Virginia state judge found lawyer Matthew Murray guilty of instructing his […]
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Social Media Case Law – Admissibility of Online Evidence

Commonwealth v. Purdy [2011] Email, ESI and Electronic Communication: Admissibility of Evidence This early 2011 criminal case disputed the admissibility of emails as evidence, and the standards of authentication necessary for considering both email and content from social media as genuine digital evidence. In this instance, the trial judge admitted emails allegedly authored by the […]
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Social Media Evidence – MySpace

Griffin v Maryland [2011] A History of Social Media Evidence – MySpace Content The case was one of the first landmark cases to address the admissibility of social media evidence in trials, in the form of a MySpace printout. In this murder trial, the defendant’s girlfriend (Jessica Barber) had threatened the witness before the first trial. […]
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Social Media Discovery Blog

Welcome to the WebPreserver Blog! Are you a Lawyer, Law Enforcement official or otherwise have an interest in legal issues regarding online evidence gathering and preservation? If so this is the Blog for you! We’re dedicated to offering information, news, cases, studies, and best practice advice on the archiving of social media and web content. […]
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