MANILA, Philippines — 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.
According to the online report, Louis Casambre, executive director of the Information and Communications Technology Office (ICTO), confirmed in a text message to Newsbytes.ph news editor Melvin Calimag that Aquino signed the legislation on Wednesday, Sept. 12, although “no official signed copies of the document is available as of posting time.”
The Cybercrime law has been awaiting the president’s signature after a bicameral conference committee approved the final version of the measure, along with the Data Privacy Act, and subsequently transmitted to Malacañang in middle of this year, according to the online post.
Prior to its enactment, the Cybercrime law elicited objections from some quarters who questioned its provisions regarding online libel, the news site added.
Among the other offenses punishable under the new Cybercrime law include cybersex, child pornography, cybersquatting and identity theft, spamming or unsolicited commercial communication (spam).
With the signing into of the measure into law, the bill proposing the creation of the Department of ICT (DICT) is now the only remaining ICT-related legislation passed by Congress that has not been acted upon by Malacañang, the report said. (With additional report from Jing Garcia)
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