Roundtable on Electronic Evidence at EuroJust, 11-12 May 2015


Your national prosecutor contacts you at EuroJust to mention that they are about to launch an investigation on Mickey Mouse, CEO of ACME Corporation, on an alleged industrial espionage case. You will need to liaise with representative of 2 other EU member states for this investigation to collect and to acquire digital data needed to build evidence of this corporate espionage.

While the first of the two member states is completely in line with your request, the second lets you know that they are already investigating ACME Corporation for fiscal fraud and they have already acquired a large set of digital data through intrusion techniques approved by a national judge. Although willing to share that data, they refuse to perform physical searches that would jeopardise their on-going fiscal fraud investigation.

Could this type of scenario become common place? How could we build a common trusted environment to handle such legal cases?

With the growth in number and complexity of international crimes leaving trails of electronic and digital data extremely useful in building potential evidence, the judicial stakeholders are and will increasingly be challenged.

Already today, electronic and digital data trails of a single individual amount to Terabytes with a growing rate roughly doubling every 18 months. Furthermore, new technologies are developed at faster pace such as Cloud computing in remote data centres, Internet of Things with billions of sensors and connected objects to be deployed everywhere in the World in the next decades, 3D printing reaching the mass market and nano-robots soon to be ingestible. Together data size and new technologies are heavily challenging the legal systems behind our democracies.

Joint the roundtable organised by the EVIDENCE consortium to share your knowledge, your opinion and to help brainstorming on:

  • How the EU and national legal systems should adapt to new technologies and new trends of use of these technologies by criminals.
  • How new technologies could be used by the judicial stakeholders to increase the efficiency of legal proceedings while maintaining or even improving the trustworthiness of the digital evidence building process.
  • How legal scenarios may need to evolve to open the opportunity for establishing a common, shared and trusted environment for all stakeholders involved.

This Roundtable will take place over 2 successive sessions on May 11 and 12, 2015. The program of the event can be found here.