child protection

New Law In Australia Shifts Burden Of Proof From Abuse Victims To Institutions

An article on ABC News reports a new law in Victoria, Australia, which shifts the burden of proof from abuse victims to the institutions in which the abuse took place.

This is a Very Very Good Thing. At the moment, when a child is abused and it’s covered up (or otherwise not addressed) by an institution, the burden of proof is on the child to demonstrate that the abuse took place, and that the organisation knew and did nothing.

This new law means that it’s no longer the victim’s responsibility to prove that they were abused – instead, it’s the organisation’s responsibility to demonstrate that they had enough safeguards in place to prevent abuse from happening, or that there’s a reason why they couldn’t have known it was taking place.

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Forensicating, Investigation

John Patzakis on how a new Federal Rule of Evidence will affect digital investigators

The other day I interviewed John Patzakis, Executive Chairman at X1 Discovery, about an article he’s written about a new amendment to Federal Rule of Evidence 902.

Subsection (14) will come into play this December, and will mean that all electronic data will be required to be “self-authenticating”.

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Ethics, Forensicating, Investigation

Some Thoughts On Privacy Vs. Investigation

I am a private investigator. By definition, that means I investigate things that are… well, private. I snoop around in people’s business to find out what’s going on, and then I present the evidence back to the client.

I am also a privacy advocate.

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Personal

A Year In Recap: 2015

I’ve done my travel round-up and my books round-up, but here’s a recap of the highlights and lowlights of 2015 overall.

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Books

Book Haul: Hacking, Child Protection and Multilingual Families

I only read three books last week, because I was busy. And yes, when I say “busy” I mean “watching Buffy”. How had I never seen Buffy before?! I’m now nearly at the end of season three. No spoilers please!

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Weekly Round-Ups, Why The Hell Did I Ever Work In Advertising?

For a moment there, I lost myself

Before you start reading, click the play button. I feel like this one should have a musical accompaniment.

All settled in? Good.

Well, this week’s been interesting.

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