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Congress approves Anti Cybercrime Bill HB 5808

Relevance: 100%      Posted on: May 28, 2012

So the House of Representatives has finally passed their own version of the Anti-Cybercrime Bill (HB 5808) which is also known as the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012. The bill includes online threats and online defamation as cybercrime offenses. So aside from online intrusion, hacking or illegal use of network resources, online libel will also be part of this bill. For online defamation, the penalty is a minimum of Php500,000 (and a maximum of Php1 million) penalty plus a prison term. The Senate has their own version of the Anti Cybercrime Bill (Senate Bill 2796). Senator Angara also clarified the…

Palace asks SC to lift TRO on Anti-Cybercrime Law

Relevance: 79%      Posted on: December 11, 2012

The Anti-Cybercrime Law of 2012 (R.A. 10175) was placed on hold by a TRO issued by the Supreme Court last October 9. The SC will hear oral arguments from all parties in January 2013, including the 15 petitioners that filed for the TRO. This week, the Office of the Solicitor General filed a 148-page comment requesting the Supreme Court to lift the temporary restraining order on R.A. 10175. The request by the government to enforce the Anti-Cybercrime Law and have the TRO lifted was outlined in this report by GMA News. Despite the TRO placed on the Anti-Cybercrime Law, several…

Sen. TG Guingona files Crowdsourcing Act of 2012

Relevance: 76%      Posted on: October 10, 2012

In the aftermath of the Republic Act 10175, also known as the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, Sen. TG Guingona files the Crowdsourcing Act of 2012 which gives the public a chance to express their thoughts and sentiments on pending laws. According to Senator Teofisto "TG" Guingona, the Crowdsourcing Act of 2012 allows people to comment on pending bills through email and the internet. It also allows the public to access copies of bills and measures pending before the Senate and the House of Representatives. Simply put, the people, including the online community, are allowed to participate in the process…

Symantec on Anti-Cybercrime Law & Network Security

Relevance: 74%      Posted on: October 3, 2012

In the wake of the recent hackings of government websites, Norton held a roadshow which was spearheaded by Symantec Senior Director of Government Relations for Asia Pacific and EMEA, Mr. Ilias Chantzos for a handful of select members of the press and bloggers to provide his insights about the recent incidents. According to Mr.Chantzos, "Website defacement is not the end of the world". He further discussed the topic by saying that, having a government webiste hacked is not a measure of a government's network security. We have to bear in mind that there's a constant threat of cyber-attacks and any…

Sen. Angara explains the Anti-Cybercrime Bill

Relevance: 70%      Posted on: February 13, 2012

A couple of weeks ago, we got news that the Senate has finally approved their own version of the Anti-Cybercrime Bill (Senate Bill 2796). It has gotten a lot of mixed reactions and has even been labeled as a measure similar to SOPA/PIPA in the US. Senator Ed Angara, one of the proponents of the Anti-Cybercrime Bill in the Senate, explains some details about this bill at ANC Future Perfect. Here's the recording of that full interview. The topic on cybersex was mentioned and discussed. Again, the apprehension of a lot of people about the vagueness of the provision was…

Anti-Cybercrime Law: What you can or cannot do?

Relevance: 66%      Posted on: September 17, 2012

News of the passing of the Anti-Cybercrime Law sent shivers to a lot of people, and for good reason. There's also a lot of confusion about what people can or cannot say or do because of this law. We'll try to outline this for you. Here are some samples we thought could help you figure out this new law: Can Do: You can bash an idea -- like "That is a stupid idea!". Cannot Do: You cannot bash a person -- like "You're a stupid f*ck!". Can Do: You can login to your boyfriend's Facebook account -- like "Honey, I'm…

AFP’s getting on the cybercrime act with C4ISTAR

Relevance: 58%      Posted on: November 20, 2012

The Temporary Restraining Order on the RA10175 hasn’t even been lifted yet, but the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Department of National Defense (DND) is already planning to establish a command center which would aid the agency in battling cyber threats. The proposed military ops is called C4ISTAR which stands for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (quite a mouthful isn’t it?). This project is aimed at improving the military’s capabilities to monitor, locate and combat (pun intended) cyber-attacks in order to “protect highly-secured data” according to Col. Wilson Galedo. What the people behind…

Anti-Cybercrime Bill gets Senate approval

Relevance: 57%      Posted on: January 30, 2012

The Senate finally approved their own version of the Anti-Cybercrime Bill (Senate Bill 2796) earlier today. The bill provides for penalties of Php200,000 to Php1.25 million and imprisonment of up to 12 years. Here are the offenses covered in the Senate Bill 2796. I. Offenses against the confidentiality, intergrity and availability of computer data and systems (illegal access, illegal interception, data interference, system interference, cyber-squatting, misuse of devices). II. Computer-related offenses (computer-related forgery, computer-related fraud). III. Content-related offenses (cybersex, child pornography, unsolicited commercial communications, libel). This bill will certainly affect operations of a number of websites and online services in…

Supreme Court extends TRO on RA 10175

Relevance: 57%      Posted on: February 5, 2013

Earlier today, the Public Information Office of the Supreme Court cascaded the information that the Temporary Restraining Order on the Republic Act 10175 aka Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 has been extended indefinitely. The 120-day TRO on the Anti-Cybercrime Law was issued on October and is due to expire tomorrow Feb 6. The decision to prolong the restraining order was reached after the Supreme Court finished hearing the oral arguments from both the petitioners and the Solicitor General. The indefinite TRO allows the Supreme Court to go through each of the points presented by both parties and based their decision…

Anti-Cybercrime bill now a law, criminalizes bashing

Relevance: 52%      Posted on: September 16, 2012

Earlier last week (September 12 to be exact), Pres. Noynoy Aquino has formally signed into a law Republic Act No. 10175 or more commonly referred to as the Anti-Cybercrime Law. This law will be jointly coordinated and implemented by the DOST, DOJ and the DILG and be implemented in 90 days. A copy of the signed law is shown below. One controversial section of this law is the Online Libel which makes just about anybody on the internet liable when they bash, attack, debase, humiliate or anything of that sort. That might also include cyber-bullying. As someone who has been…