The ACPO good practice guide for dealing with computer based evidence was first released in the late 1990s. Since then, there have been five iterations; some of the changes include an update in document title. The guide is essential reading for anyone involved in the field of digital forensics. The latest version “ACPO Good Practice Guide for Digital Evidence” has been updated to include more than just evidence from computers.
According to DAC Janet Williams QPM, ACPO lead for the e-Crime Portfolio:
This guide has changed from version 4, where it centred on computer based evidence; the new revision reflects digital based evidence and attempts to encompass the diversity of the digital world. As such this guide would not only assist law enforcement but the wider family that assists in investigating cyber security incidents. I commend all to read and make use of the knowledge and learning contained in this guide to provide us with the right tools to carry out our role.
The latest version of the ACPO guidelines can be downloaded from the link below: