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Cellphones

The information stored on a cellphone falls under the definition of publication in the Films, Videos, and Publications Classification Act 1993.

Publication means: … d) a thing (including, but not limited to, a disc, or an electronic or computer file) on which is recorded or stored information that, by the use of a computer or other electronic device, is capable of being reproduced or shown as 1 or more (or a combination of 1 or more) images, representations, signs, statements, or words

The Classification Office has classified one film taken on a cellphone as objectionable (banned). This film was submitted as part of a court case. Sexting falls into the definition of a publication and is able to be classified.

Watch former Chief Censor Bill Hastings explain how the classification law applies to computer technology, including cellphones (0:42)

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A thing, including but not limited to, a disc or an electronic or computer file (this is our internet clause – this is the digital era), on which is record or stored information that, by the use of a computer or other electronic device such as a cellphone is capable of being reproduced or shown as a word, statement, sign, picture, or whatever. This is how we get emails into the office. This is how we get jpegs, mpegs, text files. Last year we even had some MSN messenger logs come into the office.

- Former Chief Censor Bill Hastings

Mobile phone and Internet companies have a code of practice relating to mobile phone content

In 2005 the Telecommunications Carrier's Forum created a Code for Mobile Content Services to regulate the types of content that companies could distribute or provide via mobile phones. It does not cover peer-to-peer communications (content created by and shared between users of mobile phones).

The Code was created in response to the advances in technology which saw mobile phones being used for an increasing range of things, such as gaming, producing videos and accessing the Internet.

Organisations such as Telecom, TelstraClear and Vodafone were involved in the creation of the Code.

Go to the Telecommunications Carriers' Forum website to read more about the Code