PNoy Signs Philippine Cybercrime Prevention Act

Philippine President Noynoy Aquino on September 12 signed Republic Act 10175, otherwise known as the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012

according to Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte, among the punishable acts under the new law are offenses against the confidentiality, integrity and availability of computer data system, illegal access, illegal interception, data interference, system interference and misuse of devices. also included are computer-related offenses such as computer-related forgery, fraud, identity theft, content-related offenses like cybersex and child pornography, unsolicited commercial communications or cyber squatting. 

okay for us bloggers and the rest of the PINOY netizens, this is quite a mouthful, just to be sure you can read on here:

PHL Senate Approves Anti-Cybercrime Bill

after almost 3yrs, finally the Philippine Senate voted 13-1 in favor of the Anti-Cybercrime Bill (Senate Bill 2786 – Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012), a step closer to make it a full-pledged law that would target internet-related crimes such as child-pornography, fraud, hacking, and cybersex.

Under the bill, cybercrime offenses would include the following:
A. Offenses against the confidentiality, intergrity and availability of computer data and systems (illegal access, illegal interception, data interence, system interference, cyber-squatting, misuse of devices)
B. Computer-related offenses (computer-related forgery, computer-related fraud)
C. Content-related offenses (cybersex, child pornography, unsolicited commercial communications or spamming, libel)

here are the penalties if found guilty:
– of the acts in A and B (imprisonment 6-12yrs or a fine of at least P200K)
– cyber-squatting (imprisonment or a fine of not more than P500k, or both)
– unsolicited commercial communication with arresto mayor (imprisonment 1-6mos or a fine of at least P50-250K, or both)
– cybersex (imprisonment or a fine of at least P200k-1mil, or both)

seems the penalties are quite strong though, but would really make people think before committing the crime. Senate Bill 2796 was authored by Senator Edgardo Angara.