News: Proponents renew call for Philippine cybercrime bill -
10 Sep 2010
MAKATI CITY, METRO MANILA – The proposed cybercrime bill has been in the legislative backburner for 10 years despite a push by several private companies and government agencies.With the appointment of lawyer Ivan John Uy, former technology head of the Supreme Court (SC) as chief of the Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT), hopes are high that the cybercrime bill, as well as other technology related proposals, will get passed.
During the InfoSec 2010 Conference in Makati City, Philippine Computer Emergency Response Team (PH-CERT) President Lito Averia said Uy, who supported the implementation of a cybercrime law when he was part of the SC, has scheduled meetings with the respective information and communications technology (ICT) chairs of the House of Congress to discuss on how to renew the filing of the cybercrime bill, as well as the data privacy bill.
The cybercrime bill itself has been amended no less than 10 times over the course of nine years, and has been lobbied by each of the former heads of the CICT, from Virgilio Pena to Ray Anthony Roxas-Chua.It was at the 14th Congress when the latest draft of the cybercrime bill was finally approved by the House of Congress but got stalled at the Senate primarily due to the onset of the election season early this year.Among the salient points of the cybercrime bill is prosecution of high-tech fraud and theft, hacking of computer systems, as well as Internet-related pornography. It also established a process of retaining and using digital materials as evidence in criminal cases.(Source: http://loqal.ph )