Ethics & Integrity at Cellebrite
“We recognize the immense responsibility that comes with operating a business that partners with law enforcement agencies but protects the privacy of citizens. To that end, Cellebrite and our Board have a deep commitment to creating a safer world and to operating in a lawful and ethical manner that is unwavering.”
Our Commitment to Ethical Business Practices
The actions we take every day support our mission to Protect and Save Lives, Accelerate Justice, and Preserve Data Privacy for organizations and communities around the world.
Board member Haim Shani talks about the development of Cellebrite’s Ethics and Integrity Committee and Ethics Advisory Panel. The panel will be comprised of experts in human rights and international law/regulation; police and former members of the ministry of defense; academics in the field of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data; and community leaders.
Public Safety and Freedom: The Delicate Balance
Technology companies are stepping up in a big way to ensure police technology is developed and deployed equitably and ethically.
In 2020, police practices in the United States and in many other democracies were thrust into the public consciousness and scrutinized in an unprecedented manner. Fueled by several high-profile inflammatory events, widespread protests demanding criminal justice reform took place nationwide. Elected officials and police leaders expressed their commitment to ensuring more equitable outcomes for all community members and greater accountability among those entrusted with the responsibility of securing justice and keeping communities safe. Maintaining this delicate balance is far easier said than done.
Prof. Gabriella Blum Member
Prof. Gabriella Blum is the Rita E. Hauser Professor of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and Vice Dean for the Graduate Program and International Legal Studies at Harvard Law School. She is also the Faculty Director of the Program on International Law and Armed Conflict (PILAC) and a member of the Program on Negotiation Executive Board.
Prior to joining the Harvard faculty, Blum served for seven years as a Senior Legal Advisor in the International Law Department of the Military Advocate General’s Corps in the Israel Defense Forces, and for another year as a Strategy Advisor to the Israeli National Security Council.
William P. Eber Member
William P. Eber is a former Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3) where he was responsible for recognizing evolving technologies that have the potential to add value to existing digital forensics and malware analytic core competencies.
Previously, Mr. Eber was the Director at the Department of Defense Computer Forensics Laboratory (DCFL) where he oversaw digital and multimedia forensics and cyber investigative processes, procedures, and standards for criminal investigations, counterterrorism activities, safety inquiries, and countering threats to critical infrastructure. Today, Mr. Eber volunteers his time at National Parks and the Army Corps of Engineers.
Anthony J. Ferrante Member
Anthony J. Ferrante is the Global Head of Cybersecurity and a Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting, a global business advisory firm. Prior to joining FTI, Mr. Ferrante served as Director for Cyber Incident Response at the U.S. National Security Council at the White House. Before joining the National Security Council, Mr. Ferrante was Chief of Staff of the FBI’s Cyber Division.
He joined the FBI as a special agent in 2005, assigned to the FBI’s New York Field Office. In 2006, Mr. Ferrante was selected as a member of the FBI’s Cyber Action Team, a fly-team of experts who deploy globally to respond to the most critical cyber incidents on behalf of the U.S. Government.
Prof. Jeannie Suk Gersen Member
Prof. Jeannie Suk Gersen is the John H. Watson, Jr. Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. She teaches and writes on a wide range of subjects including Constitutional Law, Criminal Law and Procedure, Family Law, and Sexual Assault and Harassment.
Prior to joining the Harvard faculty, she served as a law clerk to Justice David H. Souter on the Supreme Court of the United States and as a prosecutor in New York. She has been a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and Harvard Law School’s Sacks-Freund Award for Teaching Excellence. She is a contributing writer to the New Yorker.
Prof. Moshe Halbertal Member
Prof. Moshe Halbertal is the Gruss Professor at NYU Law School and a Professor of Philosophy and Jewish Thought at the Hebrew University. In 2010 he was nominated as a member of Israel’s National Academy for Arts and Sciences, and he is a fellow in the American Philosophical Society. Moshe Halbertal was among the authors of Israel’s Defence Forces Code of Ethics.
Doron Herman Member
Doron Herman is an expert in the field of Online Child Protection and the founder of Safe School Analytics, a startup that analyzes the social climate in a school and provides students with tailored lectures and lesson plans.
Mr. Herman currently hosts a legal affairs show on Reshet.tv in Israel and spent more than a decade as a journalist, where his experience included being the Head of Crime Desk and Cyberwarfare on Channel 13 News Israel and a News Reporter for Israel Defense Forces. Today, Mr. Herman is widely recognized for his lectures and numerous documentaries relating to protecting children online.
Gil Kerlikowske Member
Gil Kerlikowske is a former Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, where he became the first confirmed commissioner in the Obama administration of the 60,000-personnel agency responsible for border security and customs. Mr. Kerlikowske also served as the Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy between 2009 and 2014.
He has served as Chief of Police in four cities and worked in the United States Justice Department. Mr. Kerlikowske was an IOP Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School of Government and is currently a distinguished Non-resident fellow at Rice University.
Respect for Individual Rights
Cellebrite believes that citizens and organizations have a fundamental right to protect their private information. At the same time, we recognize that countervailing public safety concerns can and should limit this right in certain circumstances.
Cellebrite steadfastly supports the democratic ideals of freedom of speech and freedom of the press. We do not condone the use of Cellebrite’s solutions to access the personal information of journalists, activists or others who are working against the interests of repressive regimes, and doing so outside the bounds of a legally sanctioned investigation expressly violates the terms of our licensing agreements.
Preserving Data Privacy
Protecting data privacy is a core part of our mission at Cellebrite. While citizens should be able to keep their personal information and private lives free from unnecessary and unwanted intrusions, investigations sometimes require authorized and lawful access to an individual’s private data. When this occurs, citizens must be confident that the technology and tools utilized in the investigatory process can maintain the security of their data.
Our Digital Intelligence Platform adheres to a standard model of Confidentiality, Integrity, and Availability (CIA) to help keep investigations within legal boundaries while also providing a roadmap to ensure personal privacy.
Protection of Human Rights
Cellebrite remains committed to safeguarding human rights around the world. When used in accordance with the terms of our licensing agreements, our solutions aid in stopping crime, not enabling it.
Our technology helps to convict bad actors and bring justice to victims of crimes, including but not limited to child exploitation and human trafficking. Cellebrite has provided ongoing support to stop trafficking in all its guises by supplying digital intelligence technology and training to agencies and organizations worldwide to stamp out these heinous crimes.
Trust requires transparency and building trust with the communities in which we operate is a primary focus for Cellebrite. We are committed to being transparent about how we operate and to building transparency into the solutions we develop.
Our management and compliance solutions enable an audit trail and can discern who, when and how data was accessed, which leads to accountability in the agencies that use our tools, and in turn engenders trust in Cellebrite.
Enabling Social Good
Gulf Coast Technology Center Uses Digital Intelligence to Keep Officers and Communities Safe
Find out how a partnership with Cellebrite helped Commander Kevin Levy solve a double homicide.
Jefferson Parrish Sheriff’s Office: A Model for Digitizing the Investigation Lifecycle
Deputy Chief Tim Scanlan has been a driving force behind his department’s digital transformation with Cellebrite to solve cases faster.
- Protecting privacy is a core part of our mission at Cellebrite, and we have strict licensing policies to govern how customers utilize our technology.
- Our tools are designed to protect privacy and to protect the innocent, while collecting and analyzing data that is critically needed in legally sanctioned investigations.
- Our Digital Intelligence Platform adheres to a standard model of Confidentiality, Integrity, and Availability (CIA) to help keep investigations within legal boundaries while also providing a roadmap to ensure an individual’s privacy.
- While our Digital Intelligence platform can make investigations more efficient by revealing connections and identifying the most likely suspects, it can also ‘wall off’ personal information creating the highest standards of privacy practices.
- Learn more about the steps Cellebrite is taking to achieve data privacy in digital policing.
- Cellebrite’s technologies are not used to intercept communication or gather intelligence in real-time. Rather, our tools are forensic in nature and are used to access private data only in accordance with legal due process or with appropriate consent to aid investigations legally after an event has occurred.
- Cellebrite’s licensing agreements govern how customers may utilize our technology. We sell our technology to companies, organizations, and agencies that agree to abide by the strict licensing policies that govern its proper use.
- Importantly, Cellebrite’s technologies are not used for “on-the-wire” surveillance or intelligence gathering. Rather, our solutions are used to access data in accordance with due process (i.e., a warrant or appropriate equivalent depending on the jurisdiction).
- Our commitment to creating a safer world is unwavering.
- We also take appropriate enforcement action on a case-by-case basis.
- Further, we have mechanisms in place on most of our hardware solutions to ensure they do not function past their expiration dates if not legally renewed.
- We understand that we have a responsibility to keep our tools out of the wrong hands.
- We have a strict “know your customer” (“KYC”) process, and our licensing agreements strictly prohibit third-party re-sales.
- Cellebrite technology can only be legally obtained directly from us or an approved reseller, and we take proactive measures to ensure our technology isn’t sold or purchased on secondary markets.
- Under no circumstances may a customer resell, redistribute, transfer or sub-license Cellebrite’s technology to any third party without the express written permission from Cellebrite.
- Cellebrite licenses its technology to government agencies, law enforcement, and enterprises for their use to lawfully access, review, analyze, and manage legally obtained data to bring resolution to investigations and create a safer world.
- We expect our partners to strictly adhere to the terms of their licensing agreements and to Cellebrite’s Standards of Business Conduct.
- Our mission with everything we create (solutions, services, training) is to help our customers improve public safety, victims reclaim their lives, and uncover the truth within each investigation our solutions touch.