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26.9.12

Cybercrime Prevention Law in the Philippines


It has been fourteen (14) days since the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 was signed by President Aquino On September 12, 2012.  It was said that this law will take affect fifteen (15) days after its publication in the Official Gazette or in at least two (2) newspapers of a general circulation.  

I wonder how this law is going to change the internet use in the Philippines especially with the insertion of online libel.  Will I still read blogs where people rant about a poor service of a particular company or people criticizing a celebrity or a politician?  I even stumbled upon a gaming forum where gamers are asking each other if cheating in games will be punishable as well hehehe.  Maybe not, although (1) Illegal Access and (4) System Interference may be used against those who would mess up a system of some gaming companies.

Anyhow, here is the list of Cybercrime Offenses that we all should be wary of since the penalties depending on the offense are no joke.  

Offenses against the confidentiality, integrity and availability of computer data and systems
1. Illegal Access
2. Illegal Interception
3. Data Interference
4. System Interference
5. Misuse of Device
6. Cyber-squatting

Computer-related Offenses
7. Computer-related Forgery
8. Computer-related Fraud
9. Computer-related Identity Theft

Content-related Offenses
10. Cybersex
11. Child Pornography
12. Unsolicited Commercial Communications
13. Libel

Other Offenses
14. Aiding or Abetting in the Commission of Cybercrime
15. Attempt in the Commission of Cybercrime
16. All crimes defined and penalized by the Revised Penal Code, as amended, and special laws, if committed by, through and with the use of information and communications technologies shall be covered by the relevant provisions of this Act: Provided, That the penalty to be imposed shall be one (1) degree higher than that provided for by the Revised Penal Code, as amended, and special laws, as the case may be.

That’s quite a handful!  Please check the Republic Act No. 10175 in the Official Gazette for the complete information.

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