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Overview of Licensing and Legal Issues for Digital Forensic Investigators
March/April 2009 (vol. 7 no. 2)
pp. 45-48
Gavin W. Manes, Avansic
Digital forensics examiners face several challenges outside the technical aspects of collection, investigation, and storage of digital information. Both the court's rules regarding evidence admissibility and the licensing requirements for forensics professionals must be taken into account for each phase of the digital investigation process. This article presents an overview of the current Federal Rules of Evidence as well as the digital forensics licensing requirements in place for each state.

1. US House Judiciary Committee, Federal Rules of Evidence, Article VII, Rule 702, 2006.
2. Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, Inc., vol. 509, 1993, p. 579.
3. Coleman (Parent) Holdings, Inc. v. Morgan Stanley &Co., Inc., WL 679071, Florida Circuit Court, 1 Mar. 2005.
4. Am. Bar Assoc. Section of Science &Tech. Law, Report to the House of Delegates, Recommendation, 2008; 301.pdf.
5. The State of Oklahoma Statutes, Title 59, Section 1759.1.
6. Arkansas Private Investigators and Private Security Agencies Act, section 17–40, pp. 101–107.
7. Texas Dept. of Public Safety, TXDFP Private Security Bureau: Administrative Rules, 2007.
8. State of Texas, Private Security Act, Chapter 1702 of the Texas Occupation Code.

Index Terms:
digital forensics, licensing, investigator, investigation, security
Gavin W. Manes, Elizabeth Downing, "Overview of Licensing and Legal Issues for Digital Forensic Investigators," IEEE Security & Privacy, vol. 7, no. 2, pp. 45-48, March-April 2009, doi:10.1109/MSP.2009.46
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