Cybercrime Act: Features and issues
By JJ Disini
Philippine Daily Inquirer
9:49 pm | Saturday, October 6th, 2012
NETIZENS, bloggers and journalists hold a rally outside the Supreme Court to protest Republic Act No. 10175, also known as the Cybercrime Prevention Act. RAFFY LERMA
Recently, the President signed into law two key pieces of legislation—the Cybercrime Prevention Act and the Data Privacy Act, both of which were meant to assist the development of the business process outsourcing industry in the country.
As late as last year, the Philippines reigned as the country with the biggest number of seats in the call center industry, as the BPO industry grew in terms of total revenue, foreign exchange inflow and employment generation.
BPO lobby
It is believed that the BPO industry needs the Cybercrime Act (the “Act”) to respond to the demands of foreign clients for a strong legal environment that can secure their data from being stolen and sold.
As early as 2000, the E-Commerce Act (ECA) already punished hacking but the penalties were deemed too light. The persons convicted served no jail time if they opted to plead guilty in exchange for probation in lieu of imprisonment.
Law enforcement agencies also faced various roadblocks when investigating cybercrime incidents. Even during emergency situations, service providers were reluctant to cooperate with law enforcement officers, citing the need to protect subscriber privacy.
Theoretically, search warrants would have addressed that problem but they were difficult to procure and involved a lengthy process that would have given cybercrime offenders enough time to delete precious data and cover their tracks.
In cross-border cybercrime incidents, law enforcement efforts were even more challenging since foreign governments were not equipped to respond quickly to requests for assistance and no international framework was in place to address cross-border investigations and prosecution.
To be sure, no one

You May Also Find These Documents Helpful

  • Satisfactory Essays

    Cybercrime

    • 277 Words
    • 2 Pages

    Cybercrime Team “A” David Wohl, Lotina Kelley, Loria B. Cyrus, and Christine Tamag CJA/204 May 29, 2013 Lexie Williams Difference between Cybercrime and Traditional Crime Before readers can understand the difference between cybercrimes and traditional crimes, they must know what a cybercrime is. Cybercrimes, also known as computer crimes can be described as any crime committed through the use of a computer or computer technology (Jones, 2007). Though definitions vary, cybercrimes can be…

    • 277 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Satisfactory Essays
  • Powerful Essays

    Cybercrime

    • 1138 Words
    • 5 Pages

    Cybercrime What is cybercrime? Cybercrime is defined as crimes committed on the Internet using the computer as either a tool or a targeted victim. It is difficult to classify crimes in general into distinct groups as many crimes evolve on daily basis. Even in the real world, crimes like rape, murder or theft need not necessarily be separate. However, all cybercrimes involve both the computer and the person behind it as victims, it just depends on which of the two is the main target. The computer…

    • 1138 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Powerful Essays
  • Good Essays

    Cybercrime

    • 857 Words
    • 4 Pages

    Abstract Over the past decade cybercrime has increased dramatically resulting in a loss of approximately $560 million dollars for consumers and an estimated $1 trillion dollars for the U.S. government. Cybercrime ranges from crimes that effect national security such as cyber espionage to identity theft which affects the average consumer. The government has introduced legislation and created task forces in an effort to combat cybercrime. The first cybercrime offense was committed in…

    • 857 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Satisfactory Essays

    Cybercrime

    • 448 Words
    • 2 Pages

    Cecil Robinson 11-11-11 5th period Outline Paper Cybercrime Outline Research Paper Intro Paragraph: 1. Opening: “Everyone always hears about victims of Cybercrime, but never really comprehend the true meaning of how devastating the aftermath of it can be” (David Wall). 2. Thesis: Cybercrime is one of the leading causes of devastation in society today because of how victims are easily targeted due to lack of knowledge of this far reaching and multifaceted crime. Americans…

    • 448 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Satisfactory Essays
  • Satisfactory Essays

    Cybercrime

    • 658 Words
    • 3 Pages

    Individual Work 2 “Cybercrime” Tammy McConnell According to The Introduction to Criminal Justice, 14th Edition textbook, page 615, cybercrimes are defined as the theft and/or destruction of information, resources, or funds via computers, computer networks, or the Internet. In my own words, cybercrimes are acts of not only theft and destruction, but also the acts of fraud, bullying, emotional abuse, misleading, and many…

    • 658 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Satisfactory Essays
  • Good Essays

    Cybercrime

    • 667 Words
    • 2 Pages

    Cybercrime Student’s Name University Affiliation Cybercrime Cybercrime encompasses any criminal act dealing with computers and networks. In addition, cybercrime also involves traditional crimes that take place on the Internet. These include; hate crimes, telemarketing and Internet fraud, identity theft, and credit card account thefts. They are committed intentionally against individuals or groups with a criminal motive to harm the victim 's name or cause physical or mental harm to the…

    • 667 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Satisfactory Essays

    Cybercrime

    • 381 Words
    • 2 Pages

    definition of Cybercrime: "It is a criminal activity committed on the internet. This is a broad term that describes everything from electronic cracking to denial of service attacks that cause electronic commerce sites to lose money". Mr. Pavan Duggal, who is the President of www.cyberlaws.net and consultant, in a report has clearly defined the various categories and types of cybercrimes. Cybercrimes can be basically divided into 3 major categories: 1. Cybercrimes against persons. 2. Cybercrimes against…

    • 381 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Satisfactory Essays
  • Good Essays

    cybercrime

    • 889 Words
    • 4 Pages

    Cybercrime law has been a trending topic in the social media and has made the netizens be more careful of their post. The #NonLibelousPost has been a trending topic. Netizens are using this hashtag to show that their post are non libelous. Screenshot of the social media networking site Facebook, as the Filipinos changed their profile pictures into black in protest against Cybercrime Prevention Law of 2012. The new Act received mixed reactions from several sectors upon its enactment, particularly…

    • 889 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Powerful Essays

    cybercrime

    • 2069 Words
    • 8 Pages

    CHAPTER I INTRODUCTION “A mouse can be just as dangerous as a bullet or a bomb.” -Lamar smith. 1.1 Background Cybercrime is also called computer crime. The use of computers as an instrument to further illegal ends, such as committing fraud, trafficking in child pornography and intellectual property, stealing identities, or violating privacy is cybercrime. Cybercrime, especially through the Internet, has grown in importance as the computer has become central to commerce, entertainment, and government…

    • 2069 Words
    • 8 Pages
    Powerful Essays
  • Good Essays

    Cybercrime

    • 574 Words
    • 3 Pages

    well-structured organizations with money, motivation and goals, often employing highly skilled hackers that execute targeted attacks. Such organizations can deploy considerable threat intelligence, time and resources in order to execute attacks that can cost cybercrime victims significant amounts of money. Unfortunately, this trend is only growing more complex as businesses experience a surge in Web 2.0 use, mobile computing and the cloud, creating more channels of communication and vulnerable entry points into…

    • 574 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Good Essays