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5 Tips for using Google Earth in Forensics


5 Tips for using Google Earth in Forensics

Major commercial mobile forensic tools on the market have evolved to obtain, report, and export geo-location data from devices. However, no matter what the format the geo-location data is exported to, the major tools have little or no way of shaping the data in a way meaningful to investigators, lawyers, jurors or judges. There is a solution to making the data more compelling in court, it is freely available and the forensic utilities readily offer an export option to its native format. That solution is Google Earth. This article seeks to give investigators and forensic examiners five useful tips they can immediately put into practice with geo-location data they have exported from their tool of choice in the Google Earth format. These five tips will assist examiners in creating more meaningful and narrative geo-location evidence.



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