Cell Phone Website Ignites Privacy Issues

The launch of a new website allowing camera phone videos to be sent directly online has reignited the camera phone privacy debate.

Auckland, New Zealand, February 14, 2006 --( A New Zealand internet media company has developed a web based program that allows people with camera cell phones to send videos direct from their phone to a website. Users of their site can send in their MMS videos either to a private blog that requires membership, or to a public gallery that does not require a membership.

Camera phone privacy issues have been hotly debated recently. VideoPxt critics claim that they have created a medium for the public display of such illicit photos and now videos without the associated permission.

Gavin Humphrey, founder of VideoPxt claim that "videos and photos received for the public gallery are checked before going live with any questionable image being rejected". Claims that human reviewers can not filter images that may be found objectionable for reasons personal to the subject was rebuked by Mr Humphrey saying "we now live in a world of live web cameras where images of 'your bad hair day' can be broadcast without your knowledge. However, this is not the purpose of the site, it is meant to be a vehicle to share fun times with friends, family or the public"

The website also invites members to add comments to any photo or video showing on the public gallery. It also provides an opportunity for event organizers to have a dedicated blog page to help promote their event.

The concept for VideoPxt evolved as a natural progression to the web log phenomena that has swept the internet in recent years. In the last year photo blogs have appeared in numbers but VideoPxt is the result of recent advances in multi media services and the explosion in video camera phone sales.

Gavin Humphrey