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How Does The Spyware Retrieve Brittany Higgins Deleted Phone Texts?

During an exclusive interview with Seven, Bruce Lehrmann revealed previously undisclosed material on the Brittany Higgins case. 

Among the revelations was the release of an audio recording capturing a lunch conversation between Higgins, her partner David Sharaz, and Network Ten journalists Lisa Wilkinson and Angus Llewellyn

Have you wondered how we can access all these personal text messages, recordings and details from the case?

Listen the episode below to find out:

On today’s episode of The Briefing, we talk to Antony Loewenstein, author of The Palestine Laboratory: How Israel Exports The Technology Of Occupation Around The World, to find out how this technology works.

Mr Loewenstein says this involves an incredible Israeli spy technology called Cellebrite, which collects all the information from our phones and is often used by police and the government in high-profile cases.

Cellebrite is an Israeli surveillance company. It’s been around for a long time. There may be a criminal case, and a police department wants to access your phone, and they use Cellebrite,”

Mr Loewenstein said.

He says the Australian government uses this extensively for law enforcement purposes.

I think most people don’t know it’s being used. They don’t know the history or the genesis of Cellebrite, and they don’t understand its background,”

he said.

Mr Loewenstein has conducted research on the utilisation of Cellebrite in Australia over the past 12 years, revealing that 129 contracts have been signed by different government departments, including the Tax office.

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He says the purchase and use of Cellebrite is legal in Australia as is a legally registered company. However, the question is, “What information is allowed to remain private on our side?”

I’ve seen no test case here in Australia, which should happen because this is often the case with surveillance technology.”

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