This service is as simple as it sounds. The contents of an individual's social site, blog, or other online documentation preserved at the date of capture.
To avoid capturing unrelated “noise” and unnecessary content, we will talk with you to learn more about your needs and what information will be vital to capture.
Apprehending the data behind online videos, photos, comments, posts, or other online documentation, preserves that information for you and your client. If online content was ever deleted by the user, you would still have the metadata for documentation. Although many cases don't go to trial, web preservation adds a valuable layer of protection if future circumstances arise.
If you have any questions or need guidance, please don't hesitate to reach out to us, by clicking the button below.
Metadata is just like human fingerprints--no two are alike. A photo that was posted to Facebook will have its own fingerprint. If someone takes that photo, alters it and tries to use it as the “original” photo, the metadata from this altered photo will NOT be the same, and this will serve as proof it was altered from the original online content.
PLEASE NOTE: Metadata is from the photo as it was posted on the social site. It is NOT the metadata from the actual image on the individual’s phone, computer, or camera. That metadata can only be obtained by having legal access to the individual’s phone, computer, or camera and is not within the scope of our services.
Metadata can be provided for specific pieces of content, and will include information such as:
· The URL for the piece of content
· The date and time it was captured
· Information about the place/service it was collected from
· The hash & metadata for the post
When do I need metadata capture?
When it is believed that an individual may delete or alter a post, photo, or other online document that is important to your case, and you are uncertain if it may be used as evidence in court.
By Kathy Doering, eChatter
With the world in various stages of shutdown and emotions running high, folks are turning to social media to vent, break the isolation, and connect with the world. And anytime they post, they’re unwittingly passing on more clues about themselves than they can possibly fathom.
· When it is believed a piece of content may be used as evidence in court
· When it is believed that an individual may delete or alter a post, photo, or other online document that is important to your case, and you are uncertain if it may be used as evidence in court.
We understand that every case is different, as is every search. Our goal is to work with you and understand the content available on an individual before deciding if either or both services are needed. Here are some things to consider:
1. If you have the actual posts, photos, online documents, or other online content which you need preserved and/or for which you need metadata captured, please contact us and provide us with the specific information and we will provide a quote before proceeding.
2. If you have not conducted any research on an individual, are ordering a scan, and you think you may need either service, please check the box that indicates you may need these services. Once the order is placed, we will conduct the Simple or Deep Search you requested. Once that is complete, we will consult with you to discuss the findings to identify if any results may need to be captured through preservation and/or metadata. We have found this method to be easiest – since we won’t know what content is out there, we want to make sure you are aware of the findings before spending extra time and money on potentially unnecessary services.