What are the contents
And to present an outline of the document, perhaps the punishable acts:
The main concentrations are: illegal access, illegal interception, data or system interference, misuse of devices, cyber squatting, computer related unlawful acts like frauds, identity theft. Also included punishable in this act, cybersex and child pornography, and the so called unlawful part the e-libel.
These are now punishable by at least 6 years and 1 day up to 20 years of imprisonment, and a fine ranging from 50,000 PHP to 500,000 PHP, depending on the gravity of crime committed.
Get the full copy here: www.gov.ph/2012/09/12/republic-act-no-10175/
Almost all of these are already rampant in the Philippines for many years. The global issue I've ever known about cybercrime here In the Philippines is when a Filipino created a computer virus or worm, which was known as I LOVE YOU VIRUS or LOVE LETTER VIRUS way back 2000 which left almost 5.5 billion USD worth of damage worldwide, but at that time there weren’t any law in the Philippines against this crimes so the person behind that virus attack was not charged for anything.
And also for cybersex, every once in a while Philippine TV programs televise illegal use by some individuals or small organizations of the internet for these purposes also.
Filipino community's reaction to the new law
In a popular Pinoy online forum, although some are starting to be cautious, still many think that the Philippine government does not have the power to fully implement the law (the recent defacement of government websites is a big proof). Until they can track and put to jail the hackers who defaced the government websites, we can never expect a full implementation of the law.
How can the Government prove any crime committed? And let's talk about conviction of those who commit cybercrimes/internet libels, what evidence could the government hold against them?. For example if a person posted "something that could hurt anyone's feeling(duh)" and got sued, that person can literally delete the evidence by deleting the post, and mere screenshots of the post can never be used as an evidence, the existence of Photoshop can prove anyone's innocence.
Let's just hope the Philippine Government does not put all their effort in this new law, as we know there are still many crimes that needs more attention like murders and wars happening inside the country, and of course child pornography and cybersex which should only be the scope of a cybercrime law; Let's not forget THE LIFE OF PEOPLE IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN ANY MONEY OR REPUTATION LOSS.
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