Kochi law student develops web archiving tool

V.Sajeev Kumar Kochi | Updated on August 03, 2018

A 19-year-old law student, Nitin Sudhakar, has developed a web archiving tool for e-discovery to capture and preserve evidence from cyberspace including social media, which could be produced in the courts.

The tool is being made as a web extension so that it is freely accessible to the public.

With increasing cyber crimes and abuses, Sudhakar says that e-discovery is an important tool for India.

“The tool can be used by law enforcement for investigation and producing evidence in criminal cases. it will certainly help the Indian judiciary to ascertain the originality of the evidence produced in courts, Sudhakar said.

According to him, the cyber law in India provides for due diligence in social media. The content on the internet once modified or removed cannot be traced back.

The conventional methods like screen-shots, printouts etc cannot be taken into consideration as evidence as they fail to comply with the standards and could easily be tampered with.

Therefore, the tool will enable users to capture and preserve the content from the internet using the forensic procedure for producing in courts or for other compliance.

“We have also developed a user-friendly dashboard. Security measures like hashing, encryption and digital signature are being used to make sure no one even the hosts cannot tamper with the content. This will enable to verify the originality at a later point in time”, he said.

Published on August 03, 2018

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