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Data Remanence | Matthew Kirschenbaum

Computer forensics is able to discern “data remanence” or trace evidence of previous data inscriptions that sit alongside more recent encodings. Although erased digital data is “flagged” by the system as space that is now available for overwriting, data may remain in a residual or partial state of inscription until required, which in turn may also allow it to be recovered by the appropriate technique.