If a document is to be admissible in court, its authenticity must be beyond question. Organizations that process large volumes of data therefore need to maximise the reliability of the electronic information they manage, whilst minimising the risk of its long-term storage.
BSI has previously produced guidance in this area in the form of a Code of Practice (BIP 0008, available in 3 parts) and has now published a British Standard (BS 10008 Evidential weight and legal admissibility of electronic information), which more formally specifies the requirements for the implementation and operation of electronic document management systems.
BS 10008:2008Evidential weight and legal admissibility of electronic information. Specification
BS 10008 is available in two formats, as:
hard copy printed version or electronically, as a PDF for download
Evidential Weight and Legal Admissibility of Information Stored Electronically. Code of Practice for the Implementation of BS 10008
Read more about storing information electronically
Evidential Weight and Legal Admissibility of Information Communicated Electronically. Code of Practice for the Implementation of BS 10008
Peter Howes and Alan Shipman
Read more about communicating information electronically
Evidential Weight and Legal Admissibility of Linking Electronic Identity to Documents. Code of Practice for the Implementation of BS 10008
Read more about linking electronic identity to documents
Evidential Weight and Legal Admissibility of Electronic Information. Compliance Workbook for Use with BS 10008
Read more about complying with BS 10008
A Manager’s Guide to the Long-term Preservation of Electronic DocumentsNeil Pitman and Alan Shipman
Download the first chapter
Read more about preserving electronic documents
BS 8495:2007 Code of practice for digital CCTV recording systems for the purpose of image export to be used as evidence
Read more about using CCTV images as evidence
BSI British Standards welcomes public comments on new standard on legal admissibility and evidential weight of electronic information Read more
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