Smartphones and tablets are investigated using computer forensics tools.
Digital Forensics is defined in a narrow manner by NIST as the application of computer science and investigative procedures involving the examination of digital evidence, but the modern usage of the term refers primarily to investigating and analyzing handheld devices like smartphones, tablets and other connected hardware such as the Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
How does Digital Forensics relate to eDiscovery?
The proliferation of digital devices across all areas of life has led to more fraud activities involving digital resources such as computers and phones. Today, almost every lawsuit involves some form of digital evidence, much of it gathered and analyzed by specialized digital forensics experts.
In many cases, digital forensics activities are involved in ensuring that data used in legal actions such as litigation are maintained in a manner that can be verified as to its authenticity and integrity. Using specialized software and hardware tools, digital forensics investigators work to gather digital evidence in a forensically sound manner.
Digital forensics examiners use specialized software such as X-Ways Forensics and Cellebrite to capture and analyze the digital objects contained on the devices such as text messages, videos and browsing history and which can then be used by attorneys as evidence in litigation. Read more about how evidence from devices such as Chats are Discoverable.
Also see Computer Forensics.