Tackling Cybercrime in the Philippines

A proposed law in the Philippines designed to tackle cybercrime  has been criticised and held up in the executive on the grounds that it is unconstitutional. The proposed law provides for the prevention of illegal access and interference of data, “computer squatting”, cyber sex and pornography, “cyber libel” and other crimes done with the use of computers and cellular phones. The unconstitutional  aspect of the new law is ‘cyber libel’  which currently conflicts with an existing penal code law but with a much greater sentence. There has been much criticism of the new law, with op-ed pieces of bother the pro and con variety published in Philippine media.

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