Comparative analysis of software used in anonymised search and seizure cases: acquisition, examination and analysis


  • Fabio Vivan Grigollo
  • Roberto Fabiano Fernandes



Forensic Computing, Forensic Software, Proof Production, Chain of Custody


It is discussed that within the production of digital evidence, the use of forensic software to support the acquisition, examination and analysis of evidence in a correct manner plays a role of great importance, mainly to maintain the credibility of evidence and its acceptance in the judiciary. The objective is to evaluate a sample of real judicial search and seizure cases that occurred between 2014 and 2023, presenting the forensic software used in each stage of each evaluated case. A random selection of one case will be made for each year, with anonymised data, to carry out a continuity analysis of the software used. The article seeks to identify whether these software remain in force or whether it has been discontinued, rendered obsolete or replaced over the selected sampling period, The research is structured in operational stages, starting with the selection of cases until the analysis of software continuity, revealing a predominance of software with valid status and indicating a tendency to update technological solutions in the field of digital forensics. The results also highlight the need for periodic reviews of the solutions that exist in the market. Based on the sample analyzed, the software evaluated shows, in their majority, continuity, with 87.5% of the solutions considered current when adding the software in force and replaced. This study contributes to the understanding of the evolution of forensic software by offering details on the status of continuity of such software for the digital evidence production process and the respective credibility of the acceptance of evidence in the judicial environment.


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How to Cite

Grigollo, F. V., & Fernandes, R. F. (2024). Comparative analysis of software used in anonymised search and seizure cases: acquisition, examination and analysis. Caderno Pedagógico, 21(4), e3557.