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Special Report: Cyber-intel firms pitch governments on spy tools to trace coronavirusFILE PHOTO: Annual European Police Congress in Berlin

By Joel Schectman, Christopher Bing and Jack Stubbs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – When law enforcement agencies want to gather evidence locked inside an iPhone, they often turn to hacking software from the Israeli firm Cellebrite. By manually plugging the software into a suspect’s phone, police can break in and determine where the person has gone and whom he or she has met.

Now, as governments fight the spread of COVID-19, Cellebrite is pitching the same capability to help authorities learn who a coronavirus sufferer may have infected. When someone tests positive, authorities can siphon up the patient’s location data and contacts, making it easy to