PXT: porn exchange technology?

Vodafone's new PXT technology, combining a digital camera with a cellphone that can instantly transmit an image, could give potential traders of illegal images and industrial spies greater security from the law.

Vodafone’s new PXT technology, combining a digital camera with a cellphone that can instantly transmit an image, could give potential traders of illegal images and industrial spies greater security from the law.

Vodafone confirms that police and other law enforcement agencies will be able to “tap” a PXT transmission. As with any of the company’s mobile phone calls, the network equipment used will accommodate appropriately authorised interception.

But, as with phone calls, the crim-tracking agencies will have to obtain a legally sworn warrant before interception is allowed. This would certainly be the case for Internal Affairs’ censorship compliance team, spokesman Vince Cholewa confirms.

Nefarious picture trading has, until now, been done chiefly in chat groups like IRC, which are legally “public” arenas. Internal Affairs enforcement teams can drop in on them at any time, and that’s how they have made most of their successful prosecutions.

When the long-dormant Crimes Amendment Bill No 6 is passed Police and SIS will have to get a warrant to intercept email also.

Both agencies refuse to confirm or deny that they intercept emails without warrant. Internal Affairs says it doesn’t.

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