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Criminalizing the “aiding or abetting” of online libel and prosecuting those who simply receive and react to defamatory social media posts will be difficult if the complexities of cyberspace are ignored in the formulation of a cyberlibel law, according to the Supreme Court.
Republic Act No. 10175, or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, was signed into law by President Aquino on Sept. 12, 2012.
The Supreme Court upheld on Tuesday, the constitutionality of a provision in the controversial Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 penalizing online libel amid fears it would infringe on Internet freedom.
Senator Edgardo Angara, the principal author of the Cybercrime Prevention Act, welcomed the indefinite temporary restraining Order (TRO) on the law handed down by the Supreme Court (SC) Tuesday.
Government lawyers on Tuesday admitted that collection of traffic data under Republic Act 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act would include collection of electronic banking transactions.
The government on Tuesday admitted before the Supreme Court that liking, sharing libelous Facebook and twitter posts can make one person criminally liable, prompting a Supreme Court Justice to say that it creates a chilling effect.
Petitioners against Republic Act 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 asked the Supreme Court to extend the 120-day restraining order it issued against the implementation of the law.
Several government websites, including that of the National Food Authority, were defaced early Monday by the “hacktivist” group Anonymous Philippines, drawing attention to the cybercrime law.
Almost 9 out of 10 Filipino Internet users have been victimized by cybercrime or a malicious activity on the Internet at one time or another, the Department of Justice (DOJ) primer on facts and trends about cybercrimes committed in the country, said on Tuesday.
The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) has sought the voluntary inhibition of Supreme Court Associate Justice Presbitero Velasco, Jr. from taking part in determining the constitutionality of Republic Act 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.
Many Filipinos believe the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 should be amended, the Inquirer.net survey said Monday.
In July 2012, a nurse at the Taguig-Pateros District Hospital “liked” a Facebook post of a doctor in the same hospital voicing her concerns about management. A month later, the nurse, along with several other employees who “liked” the post, were fired and their certificates of employment withheld.
Petitions against the controversial Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 may have flooded the Supreme Court prompting the high tribunal to issue a temporary restraining order, but a lawmaker on Wednesday urged fellow legislators against making hasty remarks.