Self-Authentication of Evidence: "Oh! What a relief it is!"

On December 1, 2017, the Federal Rules of Evidence were amended to add Fed. R. Evid. 902(13) (14) re self-authentication of evidence generated by electronic processes or systems and self-authentication of data copied from an electronic device, storage medium or file.
This amendment streamlines authentication of electronic evidence through a written pretrial certification intended to eliminate the need for the proponent of the evidence to call a forensic technician (or other sponsoring witness) to testify about his or her background, qualifications and process of conducting a digital forensic examination.
However, the new rule will require preservation and collection policies that capture and transfer the required data, including maintaining each piece of data’s unique identifier (“hash value”). We can expect parties to challenge authenticity when it is apparent that an opponent is unable to make the pretrial certification required by the amendment.