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




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 posting our 1st anniv picture, ha?“.

Cannot Do: You cannot login to your ex-boyfriend’s Facebook account — like “I’m gonna post a picture of your really small …, you pig!“.

Can Do: You can go and seek help from DOJ and NBI when someone hacked your Yahoo! Mail. It’s free and they’ll do something. They have a Php50 million budget for that now.

Cannot Do: You cannot go hire another guy to hack the accounts of the fracking hacker. The NBI and DOJ will come after you.

Can Do: You can still connect to your friend’s mobile hotspot — like “Dude, what’s your WiFi’s password?”

Cannot Do: You cannot access and use your neighbor’s password-protected WiFi — like “It’s not my fault they use password as their password!”

Can Do: You can send email to your friends if you want to sell your old stuff — like “Hi guys! I’m selling my old socks and undies!“.

Cannot Do: You cannot login to your friend’s email and use it to sell your old stuff — like “Hi guys! This is Dan, a friend of David. Was wondering if his friends are interested to buy my old socks and undies so I used his email instead.“.

Can Do: You can SMS some stranger to make friends — like “Hi! Can you be my textmate? ASL, pls!“.

Cannot Do: You cannot SMS some stranger and offer them a loan — like “Hello! Get 1% interest personal for 12 months. Call 09123456789 for details.“.

We’re not lawyers so don’t take the items above too seriously.

Do let us know if you thought of something else aside from the ones we mentioned above. Do take the comments lightly, this is just for a little bit of fun.



Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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54 Responses

  1. Le Hax Team says:

    So I read the whole thing, and I saw tons of gaping loopholes on the provisions and sanctions. If it won’t be corrected soon enough, then the government will be in for a treat of a lifetime. /sarcasm

  2. Yuja says:

    At least there is a cybercrime law now.

    @Le Hax, mind you post the link for a quick view? thanks

  3. ceegii63 says:

    Freedom of speech dies… naSOTTO tayo ah

  4. I especially liked the last one about the SMS messages. Does that mean I can have those spammers jailed? hehehe.

  5. Jason Aganan says:

    you can’t call someone a “stupid f***”? internet activists do that all the time. i wonder what the punitive damages are.

  6. meh says:

    Does this mean smart, globe and sun by law can’t send me spam texts with offers ? That would be nice

  7. Dave says:

    Boss Yuga, how ’bout torrent downloading? Thanks!

  8. BON says:

    boss, can we bash an item/gadgets? haha

  9. ceegii63 says:

    not even the US has laws like this…

    para kanino ba talaga ito? diba sa mga PULITIKO at Personalidad na ayaw sa KRITISIMO at MABATIKOS, para sa mga EGO na ayaw mainsulto sa kanilang mga pagkukulang, hindi pag gamit sa utak at pagpapayaman ang inaatupag

  10. Dinah Valencia says:

    I’m glad that the loan offering text scheme (or scam) is addressed with the passing of this law. It’s really annoying receiving those messages in the wee hours!

  11. M Thakur says:

    What can we do if we receive these unsolicited Loan Offers via text? I receive them at least 2-3x a week, and I’m rly annoyed. Is there a number we can call/text to report these people??

  12. alainL says:

    Can we use code names for people? For example, can I say “Barney is f*cking idiot”?

  13. jAyR2684 says:

    How about online games hacking is it included?

  14. Mel Galima says:

    i hope we could get as much details as we can on this bill

  15. roiji says:

    i love the last part :}

  16. Edwin C says:

    Law na ba ‘to? Testing lang to, ha. Tingnan ko lang kung makukulong ako. Lahat kayong naka-post dito mga tarantado! Mic test…123.

    • Angelo says:

      Mali yan. Ulitin mo, pero ilagay mo yung link sa scanned copy ng ID mo (back to back), number mo, at full address mo, tapos mag-post ka uli, murahin mo lahat ng tao dito. Yaaan! Sige na nga uli.

    • Edwin C says:

      Ayoko nga.Makulong pa lang ako. Tuwa ka siguro.

  17. schyla says:

    This law is as stupid as the “lawmakers” who wrote it.

    There, said it.

  18. Iyan Sommerset says:

    We seriously need an ACLU equivalent here. Can’t wait to leave the country for good…this country is becoming more and more retarded by the second.

    And yeah, whoever wrote this law (and those who passed it) are stupid fucks.

  19. Rizallon says:

    i definitely agree to that.

  20. Misterpinoy says:

    Hindi na natin ma online bully si Carabuena!!! Ganun ba yun?

  21. john says:

    “You cannot bash a person”
    So resort to sarcasm.

    Ang galing galing mo Noynoy. Ang talino mo talaga. Napakaganda nitong Law na ito, it promotes freedom of speech!

  22. NJay Maldito says:

    This is a stupid law. Again, a f*cking stupid law.

    Oops, did I just commit a crime?
    *hides under his bed*

  23. lawrence says:

    mahirap sa mga tao comment ng comment about freedom of speech, eh mukhang di naman nila naiintindahan sinasabi nila.

    sabi nga ng supreme court: “freedom of speech is never absolute. it stops when on the point when private rights are touched”

    now go figure.

  24. lawrence says:

    mahirap sa mga tao comment ng comment about freedom of speech, eh mukhang di naman nila naiintindahan sinasabi nila.

    sabi nga ng supreme court: “freedom of speech is never absolute. it stops on the point when private rights are touched”

    now go figure.

  25. cire says:

    duda lng ako dyan sa 50M…baka mangalahati yan…haha

  26. ico says:

    How about those who bash the government? This law may/will give them the right to jail ordinary people who opposes them in the internet.

    • malcolmhall says:

      no. that’s not included. public officials cannot invoke cyber bullying (like Senator Sotto who seems not to know his law). Freedom of speech.

  27. caloy says:

    Cannot Do: You cannot SMS some stranger and offer them a loan — like “Hello! Get 1% interest personal for 12 months. Call 09123456789 for details.“. | Wow! really? I can sue them now? or should I sue the network itself who probably sold my number to these companies.

    • Rich says:

      I’ve been getting spam text messages from this number: 0909-106-9780 and 0923-102-9069 asking me if I know someone who wants to buy a Condo unit.

      It happened just 3 days ago. Can I sue that person already?

      How will NTC or whatever Gov’t agency trace the exact location of that person? would it be by using triangulation of the phone’s signal?

  28. maime hoshi says:

    bash people? that twitter user is really butthurt so her husband did really do something about it. sealing critic’s mouth using this law. how impressive to suppress the freedom of speech.

  29. Obob says:

    Di ko lang alam kung gaano kagaling ang NBI at DOJ na yan. Nagreklamo ka nga for example pero wala akong kumpyansa sa galing nila sa IT. Yung kay Hayden Kho nga hindi nila ma trace kung sino talaga nag upload ng video yan pa kaya… lol, palpak tong bill na to.

  30. Bryan says:

    Cannot Do: You cannot SMS some stranger and offer them a loan — like “Hello! Get 1% interest personal for 12 months. Call 09123456789 for details.“.

    finally! how about those offering various stuffs from business to real estate?

  31. David says:

    For those saying/asking, “can you sue?”, yes you can. Question for you, though: on what specific grounds, and what do you expect to get out of that?

    Also, suing costs time and money. Can you afford both?

  32. stupidME says:

    stupid bill created and signed by stupid people. OH MY am i going to be sued over what i just said?

    • noname says:

      lol. You wouldn’t be sued if you are lucky enough that they didn’t got a chance to see your post. XD

  33. BryanLuther says:

    Can Do: File a complaint to revise this Law.

    Cannot Do: Wish you’re comments and suggestions might knock the officials “optimism” and “perseverance” on passing this law.

    • Andrew says:

      Why don’t we REDUCE the number of congressmen and senators instead of INCREASING unnecessary laws.

  34. Masyadong siryoso ang government natin to implement this Law pero ang tanong ba dito hanggang kailan nila ito kayang pagtuunan ng pansin. Tulad nalang ng paninigarilyo sa mga public place yun ba sa ngayon nasusunod pa – hindi na diba?

    Sana naman wag ng gumawa ng bagay na sobrang siryoso sa mga panukala kung sa huli magiging isang basura na lamang. Panu nalang ang magiging implementation nito?

    OKay nag-file ako ng complain let say sa NBI ano ang next step, meron ba sila power malaman? eh kung yung mga may mga kasalanan magnanakaw sa government di nila matrace, ito pa kaya?

    Sana lang wag magt***a – tan**han lang noh at wag ng gumawa ng isyu para pagusapan lang!

  35. Lady says:

    Hey. My classmates this morning were ‘overreacting’. They said that ‘di na daw pwede mg download nang music na wlang bayad,o video,etc. Is this true?? :/

    • gyo says:

      that part is true. Anti-piracy and all that jazz, thepiratebay, a famous torrent site has already been blocked by certain ISPs

  36. Em says:

    Hi , just want to ask if Online sellers will be also affected by this law? If yes, how ??? I am an online seller, and until now , I am confused with the things that we can do and can’t do.. your reply will be highly appreciated..thank u

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