Amendments Cry over RA 10175
Richmond Keith N. Simeon
As stated in RA 10175 (Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012) Chapter I/Section 2, the State recognizes the vital role of information and communications industries such as content production, telecommunications, broadcasting electronic commerce, and data processing, in the nation’s overall social and economic development. The State also recognizes the importance of providing an environment conducive to the development, acceleration, and rational application and exploitation of information and communications technology (ICT) to attain free, easy, and intelligible access to exchange and/or delivery of information; and the need to protect and safeguard the integrity of computer, computer and communications systems, networks, and databases, and the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information and data stored therein, from all forms of misuse, abuse, and illegal access by making punishable under the law such conduct or conducts. In this light, the State shall adopt sufficient powers to effectively prevent and combat such offenses by facilitating their detection, investigation, and prosecution at both the domestic and international levels, and by providing arrangements for fast and reliable international cooperation. These past months, cybercrimes were apparently the center of interest of different media including newspapers, televisions, radio stations, and even blog sites. These include Cyber Bullying (including libel), Cyber Sex, Illegal Downloading of Unlicensed Software, Child Pornography, and Hacking of Official Sites of the Government. Isn’t it true, that we are at the age of computers pack with connectivity and power of the Internet? That we are vested power and privileges to utilize Internet as our tool in communication, recreation, and freedom of expression? Yes! Let’s admit it; we are what we are now. Abuse and misuse of different social networking sites are said to be the stimulus of...
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