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I just want to share to my readers that the Philippines, my beloved country has implemented a law that is a lot Filipinos think useless, the CyberCrime Prevention Act.
The act is signed last September and is implemented just today, October 3, 2012.
Here are some details about the new law.
Here is a link from a trusted website that will let you know what is the law all about:
This is the summary of the whole act from the link above.
The Philippines has a new law that defines internet and computer offenses. President Noynoy Aquino signed into law Republic Act No. 10175, otherwise known as the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.
Essentially, the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 divides offenses into three categories: (a) offenses against the confidentiality, integrity and availability of computer data and systems, (b) computer-related offenses, and (c) content-related offenses.
The first category includes offenses such as hacking and cybersquatting. The second category includes offenses such as forgery, fraud and identity theft. The third category is more interesting since it includes offenses such unsolicited commercial communications and libel. The law now penalizes those who send unsolicited commercial communications which seek to advertise, sell, or offer for sale products and services. This should put a stop to those spam emails and other unwanted commercial communications. The law however provides for exceptions to this offense.
The Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 also now criminalizes libel done by using a computer system. You better start reading the law and think twice before posting libellous comments online.
Because of this, the Philippine government received a lot of protests against this new cyber law.
Photo courtesy from Google.com:
Filipinos "netizens" really felt bad about what is happening on the internet world. The simple basic ang ypical "like" and "comment" on Facebook which seems to be normal for a typical Filipino netizen can cause a 12-year imprisonment. This includes all networking sites for that matter. May be a lot of protesters will never stop until the law is "depowerized" from where it is now.
Here is a video courtesy from Youtube: