If you watched the season premier of the award-winning television show 24 on FOX last night, you would have seen digital timestamps in action! During last night’s show, FBI agent Renee Walker presented a digitally timestamped image of presumed-dead terrorist Tony Almeida to Agent Jack Bauer as proof that Almeida was still alive. At first, Bauer questioned the authenticity of the images, which were captured using security cameras. FBI agent Walker handed an image to Bauer, and explained that the digital imaged had been “timestamped and dated” as proof of its authenticity.
If you missed last night’s episode, check out the footage below from Hulu.com. This is the full episode, but you can catch the dialogue about the digitally timestamped image around 13:20.
While there can be only one Jack Bauer, the digital timestamps can be applied anywhere proof of authenticity is needed. From email, engineering diagrams and scientific device readings to audio, video, CAD diagrams and audit logs, digital timestamps provide verifiable evidence of data authenticity from creation to permanent preservation. Some – like Jack Bauer – use digital timestamps to establish the integrity of electronic evidence and time of creation of electronic files. Others rely on data integrity solutions for a wide range of business requirements, including proof of intellectual property ownership and the authentication of electronic records for compliance purposes.
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