Senator Edgardo Angara on Thursday admitted that there are three flaws in the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, which he principally authored in the 15th Congress.
Under the Magna Carta for Philippine Internet Freedom, Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago explained that the time has come for the establishment of a comprehensive State framework for the administration of Internet and information and communication technology in the Philippines.
Citing “several sources in the SC,” Kabataan Partylist called on Internet users, youth groups, and other stakeholders to “remain vigilant” and rekindle the protests against the controversial law that started last year.
The group, which worked across 30 countries over the past two years, paralyzed computers with a virus and left messages purporting to be from organizations like Europol and the police.
The 120-day TRO on the Cybercrime law was extended “until further orders from the court,” just a day before the initial order expires.
The 120-day TRO was extended “until further orders from the court,” Supreme Court spokesperson Gleo Guerra said in text message.
In the course of the almost five-hour questioning on Tuesday, January 15, it emerged that a number of the high court’s justices did their homework before entering the SC chambers, as several of them were able to raise thought-provoking questions that tested the mettle of the lawyers defending the petitioners.
The U.S. Computer Fraud and Abuse Act is a 29-year-old U.S. computer security law that some experts say has been changed so often it no longer makes sense.
Local hacktivist groups on Tuesday afternoon defaced the website of the Quezon City Police Department (QCPD), coinciding with the ongoing oral arguments at the Supreme Court against the controversial Cybercrime Law.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday is set to hear arguments against the highly controversial Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, a rare chance for the high court to chart the direction of freedom of speech on the Internet in the Philippines.
Among the high-profile websites hit include that of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), where the local hacking collective — composed of previously identified groups as Anonymous #OccupyPhilippines, PrivateX, Philker, #pR.is0n3r, and d4rkb1t, among others
Petitioners pointed out that time is not on their side as the SC could take all the time they want before issuing a decision on their oral arguments, which is scheduled on January 15.
Opposition to the cybercrime law exploded online last year as netizens criticized provisions on internet libel, monitoring of Internet traffic data without warrant, and the take-down provision of the law even without a court order.
Bills filed to amend contentious provisions of the Cybercrime Prevention Act have fallen by the wayside, potentially missing the opportunity provided by the 120-day temporary restraining order (TRO) issued by the Supreme Court.
The comment submitted by the Office of the Solicitor General, as required by the Supreme Court, said that in totality, the Cybercrime Law or Republic Act 10175 is constitutional — except for Section 19.
In 2012, local hacking groups launched a number of website hacking and defacements that garnered them headlines in many news outlets.
This clarification was issued by a group of lawyers and internet freedom advocates after InterAksyon.com cross-posted an article by the Philippines News Agency that said double-jeopardy is likely in the proposed law.
A new bill seeking to help citizens meet the challenges of navigating cyberspace could be a double-edged sword for journalists.
Santiago said Senate Bill No. 3327, also known as the Magna Carta for Philippine Internet Freedom, will protect the rights and freedoms of Filipinos in cyberspace even as it defines and penalizes cybercrimes.
Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile on Friday evening admitted he doesn’t know how to email or even “google”, but assured that he was taking a “crash course” on Internet technology to displace his “ignorance.”
Google turned down a request from a Philippine mayor to remove content posted on its blogging platform that was critical of the public official.
The repeal of the clauses on libel and real-time collection of data in the Cybercrime law were absent in the amendments being proposed by its chief author in the Senate.
Petitioners warn against toning down on protests and vigilance regarding the new law as a result of the TRO, stressing that the SC has yet to make comments on the merit of the controversial measure.
An international human rights group welcomed the decision of the Supreme Court on Tuesday to halt the implementation of the controversial Cybercrime Prevention Act, and suggested its complete repeal.
(UPDATE, 1:02 p.m.) The Supreme Court on Tuesday unanimously voted for the issuance of a temporary restraining order (TRO) stopping the enforcement of the controversial Cybercrime Prevention Act. All 14 justices were present.
Website defacements are actually more of an attack to the government’s honor and moral, since it exposes a weak link in their cyber security chain of command.
Those who are up for re-election would want to court the vote-rich youth sector in the next elections, which in the 2010 Presidential polls comprised more than half of the 50 million registered voters in the Philippines.
Warrantless search and seizure of computer data and website, under the new cybercrime law, can become more widespread since the online environment allows for easy fabrication of prima facie evidence.
Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. on Friday defended the widely opposed Cybercrime Prevention Act, calling it a ‘good law’ and urging people to give it a chance to be implemented before shooting it down.
UPDATE 6:27 PM- Amid widespread outrage over the inclusion of libel, among other provisions that could threaten civil liberties, in the Cybercrime Prevention Law, President Aquino wants the offense to remain in the controversial statute, drawing criticism from a leading journalists’ group.
he dialogue between the government and various stakeholders for the drafting of the implementing rules and regulation of the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 is set on Oct. 9.
Local hacktivist groups have denied any involvement in the overwhelming of the servers of Project NOAH, the government’s online weather portal.
The Palace on Thursday, put in place a “security checkpoint” on the Official Gazette website to counter any sort of cyber attacks, which the government homepage has been experiencing for the past couple of days.
Malacanang on Thursday appeared to concede that the Cybercrime Prevention Act, which has been met by public outrage over sections widely perceived to be threats to rights and civil liberties, might need to be amended.
Lawmakers who voted in favor of the passage of the bill are now seeking to make amends — both emotionally and legally — as pressure from social media users continue to mount.
Implementing rules and regulations will not correct the ‘unconstitutional’ provisions of the Cybercrime Prevention Act, Senator Teofisto Guingona III said Wednesday. He also proposed that people be involved in amending the law through ‘crowd sourcing.’
The comments were fast and furious. On Wednesday, a link to Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierdaâs statement on the Cybercrime Prevention Law went live on President Benigno Aquino III’s official Facebook page.
As the Cybercrime Prevention Act goes into full effect on Wednesday, October 3, local hacktivist groups changed their mode of protest by launching Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks against several government websites.
The following is the prefatory statement to the petition filed by lawyers of the Ateneo Human Rights Center before the Supreme Court, assailing the Cybercrime Prevention Act.
He has been quiet since the firestorm over the Anti-Cybercrime Act that he authored broke over two weeks ago, but on Wednesday Sen. Edgardo J. Angara declared he will file an amendatory bill on the law’s most contentious provisions.
(UPDATE – 4:07 p.m.) Journalists, media organizations and freedom of expression advocateswill have filed with the Supreme Court an electronic petition, the first to be formally filed as such, against the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 on Wednesday, the day the controversial law comes into force.
Being safe and behaving properly in the Internet is something we should not leave for the government to perform. This is something we can all do together.
To simply “copy” an outdated law to include it in another without much thinking is not plagiarism this time. It is much worse.
Instead of just repealing one section on libel of the Anti-Cybercrime Act which takes effect Oct.3, lawmakers can achieve the quicker, better effect by rushing a pending bill that decriminalizes libel. Then, they could separately tackle other objections to the new cybercrime law.
On her verified Twitter account, @piacayetano, Senator Pia Cayetano
said on Tuesday that no one in the Senate objected to the libel
provision in the Cybercrime Prevention Act when the issue was raised
on the floor.
With profile pictures and cover photos going black on Facebook, Filipino netizens are rallying against the controversial Cybercrime Prevention Act, which takes effect on Wednesday, October 3.
The website of the Philippine National Police’s Police-Community Relations Group was hacked Tuesday, the latest government website to be attacked over the controversial Cybercrime Prevention Act.
Black days will continue among thousands of Filipino netizens as several groups protesting against the Cybercrime Prevention Act failed on Tuesday to have the Supreme Court stop the law’s implementation, which will begin on Wednesday, October 3.
CIDG on Tuesday launched its own internal investigation to identify who created and managed the Facebook page of the Philippine National Police, which it has disowned.
Now it is clear to all and sundry that the ones to be blamed are not Noynoy, who doth nod off as usual, nor Tito Sotto who is just one man and often clueless, but all the senators with the singular exception of ‘Teopisto’; along with the mainstream media which is showed up to be incompetent.
A day before the Cybercrime Prevention Act is scheduled to take effect, Filipino social media users gave the online world a peek into what the controversial law would do to the vibrant Pinoy community online.
Social media users in the Philippines are up in arms against the Cybercrime Law, staging both online and offline protests against the onerous measure that is scheduled to take effect Oct. 3.
This is an individual analysis of Commissioner Cecilia R.V. Quisumbing of the Commission on Human Rights. An elected member of the United Nations Human Rights Council Advisory Committee, she calls for the immediate amendment of the law as the country faces scrutiny before the UNHRC next week.
Local hacktivist groups added to the growing list of government-related websites defaced in protest of the Cybercrime Prevention Act in an initiative they called “Bloody Monday.”
Pirate Bay, invariably listed as the world’s No. 1 site for torrents on Monday, Manila-time, prominently displayed a banner ad supporting Filipinos’ call for the junking of a controversial Cybercrime Law.
Once again, a group of local hackers broke into one of the government’s websites, this time defacing the home page of the National Telecommunication Commission or NTC.
MANILA, Philippines – Forty years after Martial Law when the Marcos regime curtailed freedom of expression by muzzling press freedom through Presidential Proclamation 1081, Pinoy netizens are now up in arms against what they dubbed as “e-Martial Law” or Republic Act 10175.
With the newly enacted Cybercrime Prevention Act, popular online activities such as torrent and file-sharing may soon be put to an end.
Even if the newly enacted Cybercrime law cannot be retroactively applied to previous violations of the measure, the persistent nature of the Internet could mean that content published before the effectivity of the law are still covered by it.
The only legislator who opposed the passage of the Cybercrime Bill in the upper house of Congress, slammed the Pinoy hackers who defaced several government websites on Wednesday night in protest of the new law.
Sharing content, or even just clicking the ‘Like’ button on Facebook, may be grounds for libel under the recently enacted Cybercrime Prevention Act. But Senator Teofisto Guingona III said Thursday the law is so broad and vague it isn’t clear who can or should be sued.
(UPDATED 3:00 P.M.) Local hacking group calling itself “Anonymous Philippines” defaced the official websites of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) in protest of a new law which it said “effectively ends the Freedom of Expression in the Philippines.”
Local police warned would-be cybercriminals from engaging in online crimes given the newly enacted Cybercrime Prevention Act.
Representatives from the private sector and academe will be able to raise concerns about the new Cybercrime law and suggest safeguards against potential abuse for inclusion in the IRR.
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The newly enacted Cybercrime Prevention Act may just be the tip of the iceberg as an upcoming meeting called by a United Nations (UN) body could impose more government control over the Internet, various industry groups warned recently.
Much has already been said about the controversial insertion of libel into the recently-enacted “Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.” In my opinion, more than the inclusion of libel, the discussion should zero in on the effect of the law on …
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And so it has come to pass. The erstwhile Cybercrime Bill is now signed into law and our online lives will never be the same again. But first, a bit of perspective. In the past few weeks, cyberspace was abuzz …
The particular provision in the newly enacted Cybercrime law had earlier been pointed out to be contentious by Internet and information security experts as it gives the Department of Justice powers already outside its usual jurisdiction.
A clear, specific, and punitive law covering cybercrimes will benefit the BPO sector, in which significant volumes of activities are handled electronically.
It may have been a step forward in the country’s fight against cybercriminals, but Pinoy netizens and experts have raised concerns against certain grey areas in the new Cybercrime Prevention Act.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) said the passage of the Cybercrime Law will help strengthen its cybercrime unit.
The Cybercrime law has clearly put the spectre of imprisonment as an imminent threat to our free-willing bloggers, commentators, repliers and others who write on the Internet, even over posts on Facebook and Twitter.
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(UPDATED 3:00 P.M.) A controversial provision, which seeks to penalize libel crimes committed through the Internet, has been included in the final version of the bill.
Newsbytes.ph reported today that President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III has signed into law the Cybercrime Prevention Act as confirmed by a top ICT official to the local I.T. news Website.
Spamming or the unsolicited commercial communications using electronic means is one of the content-related offenses listed in the controversial House Bill No. 5808 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012. Hands down, spamming is intrusive and is a modern day …
The House of Representatives recently passed on third and final reading House Bill No. 5808 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012. One of the most controversial issues about the bill is the last minute inclusion of cyber threats and …
(3rd UPDATE 5:00 P.M.) MANILA, Philippines — In a bold move, a solon from the House of Representatives has filed a bill that aims to penalize acts of online piracy in the Philippines, with fines as hefty as P1 million for convicted offenders.
The United Nations Human Rights Council has recently adopted its first resolution on the promotion, protection and enjoyment of human rights on the Internet, almost four months after it held its unprecedented high-level panel discussion on the topic.
Taguig Rep. Sigfrido Tinga, one of they key proponents of the measure creating the Department of ICT (DICT), said the bill still has a chance of passage despite opposition from some camps.
Once again, hackers have broken into the website of the Office of the Vice President in what appears to be a protest against the passage of Senate Bill 2796, or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.
The House of Representatives has voted to pass on third and final reading a bill seeking to define and penalize cybercrime offenses committed in the country, including a controversial provision that criminalizes online defamation.
A group of local hackers had once again broken into one of the government’s websites, this time the online domain of the Department of Justice (DOJ), and redirected it to a previously defaced page.
Filipinos who get their fix of TV shows and movies from their run-of-the-mill torrent directories would be surprised that some of these sites have recently migrated to a domain extension much closer to home.
The government and the academe have banded together to call for the end of cyber attacks between China and the Philippines as these are “unproductive counter-actions” and are unsanctioned by the administration.
A lawmaker is questioning the inclusion of “online libel” in the proposed cybercrime bill set to be taken up by the House of Representatives on second reading, insisting that Congress needs to tackle the decriminalization of libel instead.
The fledging electronic commerce landscape in the Philippines could finally reach mainstream status once the pending data privacy bill in Congress is passed into law, one of its authors recently said.
The concept of “prima facie” evidence is nebulous when translated into the digital world, which means any individual could easily be framed for cybercrime using fabricated evidence, according to an information security expert.
An Internet standards and policy group has raised concerns that the recently passed cybercrime bill in the Senate may be far worse than the anti-piracy measures earlier shelved in the US Congress.
The website of Senator Edgardo Angara has fallen victim to a Filipino hacker who identified himself with the hacktivist group Anonymous, just days after the Senate passed its version of the anti-cybercrime bill.
Various groups and Internet users have called on President Benigno Aquino III not to sign the proposed Cybercrime Prevention Act, saying that some provisions in the bill could only do more harm than good.
The Senate on Monday passed on third reading a proposed measure seeking to penalize and prevent cybercrime activities committed in the Philippines, the first ICT-related law that could be passed in more than a decade.
The year 2011 has seen major “wins” in terms of combating cybercrime and other malware around the world, but emerging threats suggest that the game is far from over.
Filipinos looking to beat the Christmas rush by doing their holiday shopping online would have to be extra careful as cyber criminals are currently on the prowl against unsuspecting online users.
The Philippine National Police reported an alarming number of cyber attacks on individuals, corporations, and even government offices.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) admits that they are practically powerless in going after hackers due to the limits of their agency.
A group of local hackers were able to get past the security protocols of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) website late Sunday night by redirecting the homepage into a site bearing the group’s logo.
There is a need to pass an encompassing bill on cyber crime to enable the country to handle the impact of cybercrimes, according to Senator Edgardo Angara.
The absence of a law, which would give it more teeth in running after cybercrime offenders, is making it hard for the Computer Crimes Division (CCD) of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to effectively combat cybercrime in the country, an officer said recently.
As much as P68 million has been set aside from the 2012 budget recently passed by Congress to go into the development of the National Justice Information System (NJIS) by the Department of Justice (DOJ), a lawmaker said Monday.
For the reason the Philippines lacks the legal framework to combat cybercrime operations in the country, many transnational organized cybercrime groups have chosen to base their illegal activities here, the police said in a statement on Sunday.
Cybercrime is a booming business and bigger than the global black market in marijuana, cocaine and heroin combined, according to security, storage and systems management solutions Norton Symantec.