“Computer Forensic Expert” gets defined

Historically, the definition of what constitutes a “computer forensics expert” has been a loose one. Now, however, a number of states have taken action to tighten the rules and regulations that must be met in order for such an investigator to testify in court. South Carolina is one state considering such changes; a bill is up for consideration there that would only allow computer forensic experts to testify in court if those experts are employed by (or own, presumably) businesses that primarily engage in legal work or divorce cases. In essence, the bill would require digital forensic analysts to obtain a PI (private investigator) license if they wish to testify in court.

The purpose of such legislation is not to hinder the commercial success of computer forensics experts or to restrict the number of people practicing the trade. Calling oneself a computer forensics expert in the Yellow Pages and testifying as such in a court of law are two very different things; the distinction hangs upon the legal definition of an expert witness. (link)

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