The Data Retention Law which was introduced across Europe in 2006 has been deemed invalid by the European Court of Justice as it violated basic civil rights of the citizens.
Europe has been dabbling with data retention policies for well over a decade and successfully introduced the Data Retention Law in 2006 making it mandatory for telecommunication companies such as mobile carriers and internet service providers to retain customer data and logs for up to two years.
Now, the European Court of Justice which received complaints from Austria and Ireland regarding the law, has invalidated the law citing violation of two basic rights: respect for private life and protection of personal data. The court gave the following statement regarding the law:
“By requiring the retention of those data and by allowing the competent national authorities to access those data, the directive interferes in a particularly serious manner with the fundamental rights to respect for private life and to the protection of personal data.”
The European Union is already engaged in drafting a new law to replace the data retention directive. According to the BBC, the UK government is considering implications of the ruling from the Court of Justice. The ruling has yet again triggered the debate about privacy vs security as many believe that data retention is an important requirement for law enforcement in modern times. However, the data retention law did not provide a mechanism to safeguard customers from being abused, and the European Union will be assessing new ways to balance security and fundamental rights in the new draft.
The field of forensic science depends heavily on technology, and is subject to rapid innovation. This is especially true of digital forensics. There is a constant arms race to come up with new programs to more effectively protect and analyze data to reinforce computer security. Many top experts in forensic science, including digital forensics, crime scene investigation, and even forensic archaeology and entomology, are using Twitter to share their views and discuss innovations in the industry. Twitter is an excellent venue for newcomers and old hands in forensic science to keep up with industry news, learn about new developments, and network both socially and professionally.
These are some of the most informative Twitter accounts in the Forensic Science space. Following any and all of these individuals, companies, and publications is a great way to delve into the rich and ever growing field of forensic science. The accounts are classified by general subject matter, and listed in no specific order.
Digital Forensic Investigation Info
Digital forensic investigation is one of the most rapidly developing branches of the forensic science field. Crimes involving identity theft, financial fraud, and other digital evidence require the technical expertise of a digital forensic scientist or cybersecurity specialist. Many companies and publications have popped up specifically to cover digital forensics, and they often share their insights on Twitter.
Sytech Digital Forensics brings together leading-edge specialists in all areas of Digital Forensics to provide a comprehensive one-stop analysis service. They work with all sectors and have over the years been involved in thousands of cases, including several very high profile cases. Their tweets touch on such topics as criminal justice, civil litigation, corporate and individual digital forensics.
Facing life in jail: Sex beast who cruised streets in works van
Adam Downworth, 32, cruised the streets of Stockport and Gorton in his works van and targeted innocent lone victims at random, taking ‘sadistic pleasure’ from their suffering
A sex beast who stalked women and brutally raped them faces life in jail after he was convicted of a string of ‘vicious and violent’ attacks.
Adam Downworth, 32, cruised the streets of Stockport and Gorton in his works van and targeted innocent lone victims at random, taking ‘sadistic pleasure’ from their suffering.
During his ten-month reign of terror, police offered to give women home a lift home at night in patrol cars to avoid them becoming his next victim.
Downworth, an office cleaner, carried out four attacks without being caught by wearing blue surgical gloves from his workplace to avoid his fingerprints being found.
But he was spotted fleeing the scene of his fifth attack, in which he subjected his victim to a 40-minute ordeal. Police arrested him a mile away and his Berlingo works van was found parked nearby.
He was linked to the previous attacks by CCTV footage of his van, petrol receipts and tracking of his mobile phones.
Two mobile phones stolen from victims were also later found at his home. Slightly built Downworth, who had no previous convictions, initially denied all the attacks but changed his story in the light of the overwhelming evidence against him.
He claimed that he was a street mugger who had not sexually assaulted any victims, and invented a fictitious accomplice who he blamed for the more serious sexual attacks.
But a jury at Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court saw through his lies and found him guilty of 13 charges after a trial lasting more than 13 weeks.
Downworth, of Lenham Towers, Brinnington, Stockport, was convicted of charges including rape, attempted rape, assault by penetration and assault occasioning grievous bodily harm.
Judge Jeffrey Lewis warned Downworth he would consider passing a life sentence.
Digital Forensic Services provided by SYTECH Assist in the Convictions of Dale Cregan & Others
On Thursday 13th June 2013 at Preston Crown Court, Dale CREGAN, Anthony WILKINSON, Luke LIVESY, Damien GORMAN and Jermaine WARD were all found guilty of their respective involvement in the brutal murders of father and son Dave and Mark Short during separate incidents in the Manchester area in 2012. A further offender, Mohammad Ali was also convicted for his part in assisting CREGAN and others.
The scale of the investigation against Dale CREGAN, who also claimed the lives of serving Manchester Police Officers Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes, was both voluminous and complex. The investigations involved a much larger number of other suspects and witnesses that added to the overall enormity of the task
Throughout, SYTECH assisted Greater Manchester Police with Telecommunications (Cell-Site Analysis & ‘Chip-off’ handset examinations) and Digital Data (Sat-Nav and Computer) investigations, analytics and ultimately the presentation of vital evidence during the trial proceedings. Sytech’s specialist consultants (Simon Lang and Daren Greener) provided courtroom testimony on four separate occasions during the 18 week trial at Preston Crown Court
In respect of the individual murders of David (Snr) and Mark (Jnr) Short, CREGAN had recruited differing associates to assist in each staged attack. This again extended the complexity of the required communications analysis and data management that would ultimately determine those involved and their level of co-operation either in assisting CREGAN directly in each murder or in his protracted attempts to evade capture.
SYTECH assisted GMP with several lines of enquiry including the following items:
Affirming the attribution of mobile phones to suspects/defendants and identifying the transfer of particular mobile phone devices between those individuals.
Using mobile phone evidence to prove the level of association between suspects and defendants.
Comprehensive application of Cell-Site-Analysis for the historic tracking and assessment of movement, location and convergence of individuals over several months.
Discovering the movement of other family member’s pre and post incidents fearing retribution, which demonstrated the premeditated and organised nature of the killings of Mark and David Short.
Demonstrating the relevance and uniqueness in the periods of radio silence around the time of incidents.
Extensive recovery and detailed analysis of GPS data to show precise movements of individuals who assisted CREGAN
The jury at Preston Crown Court heard hours of evidence over several days relating to the collated telecommunications traffic, which prosecutors say proved the links between CREGAN and others who assisted in the pub shooting of Mark Short, and the shooting and grenade attack of David Short in his home.
The evidence aired in court, was only a fraction of the data painstakingly collected, analysed and managed by SYTECH in close partnership with Greater Manchester Police.
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