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Digital Evidence & eDiscovery Law Practice in Nigeria

Chapter 13

Logs as Digital Evidence

Virtually all software applications and all functions undertaken in a computer environment and the Internet, produce log files. Log data record the “dynamics” of a system, i.e., the events that change a system’s state, including information about when an event occurs, which subject triggers it and which objects it involves. Log data allow the reconstruction of complex event chains, thereby becoming a central source of digital evidence for legal disputes. Chapter 13 discusses digital logs as electronic evidence.