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Social Media Investigation for Law Enforcement

By: , Posted on: June 23, 2014

Social Media Investigation for Law EnforcementThis month, Forensic Magazine featured a chapter excerpt from the book Social Media Investigation for Law Enforcement, by Joshua Brunty and Katherine Helenek.  Social media is becoming an increasingly important—and controversial—investigative source for law enforcement. This book provides an overview of the current state of digital forensic investigation of Facebook and other social media networks and the state of the law, touches on hacktivism, and discusses the implications for privacy and other controversial areas.

“The technology advancements have been tremendous, and they have brought tremendous capabilities to law enforcement over the last several years,” David Carabin, director of the Boston Regional Intelligence Center, said during a session at the recent International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Law Enforcement Information Management (LEIM) conference in Atlanta. Social media certainly has proven to be one of those new opportunities. According to a survey IACP conducted last fall, about 80% of the 500 law-enforcement agencies that participated said that social media had helped solve crimes in their jurisdiction.

The featured chapter excerpt in Forensic Magazine, “Collection and Analysis of Social Media Evidence – How and Where It Is Stored,” focuses on how law enforcement can effectively investigate crimes involving social media, and how it is imperative that law enforcement understand “how” social media is stored, “where” such information is stored and found, and “how” to obtain such information using forensically sound procedures.

The book is part of the Forensic Studies for Criminal Justice Series which consists of short books on new developments, unique perspectives, or how-to information on areas in forensic science. Instructors wishing to provide their students with more in-depth coverage on certain forensic areas can add these digestible, inexpensive works to their syllabi without having to completely redesign their course, introduce overly complex material, or financially overburden their students. Law enforcement and other criminal justice professionals will find a wealth of valuable information to improve training sessions.

To view the chapter that was featured, click here to view on ScienceDirect, or go directly to the Elsevier Store to purchase your own copy. The book is currently available at a 30% discount when you use promo code STC3014 at checkout! Click here to purchase.

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