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.