House neophyte files bill repealing Cybercrime Law

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A measure repealing the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 has been filed in the House of Representatives.

House Bill 1132 was filed by neophyte Kabataan Rep. Terry Ridon.

The Cybercrime Law or Republic Act 10175, passed into law in the 15th Congress, has an online libel provision that can send someone posting in social networking sites to jail for 12 years.

The law also gives the judicial body the authority to block websites.


The implementation of the Cybercrime Law has been put on hold by the Supreme Court.

“While RA 10175 lies in legal limbo, members of the 16th Congress can correct what may have been a mistake by our predecessors in the 15th Congress and the President. The law poses serious threats to Internet freedom, the right to privacy and other essential civil liberties including the freedom of speech, expression, and the press,” Ridon said in the explanatory note of HB 1132.

Ridon described the provisions regarding online libel as vague, and that sections on data collection and sanctions makes the Cybercrime Law an online censorship law.

On top of repealing the Cybercrime Law, Ridon also filed House Bill 1100 or the Internet Freedom bill which seeks to promote and protect the rights of Internet users.

House Bill 1100 identified six rights of internet users namely: universal access to the internet, association on the internet, quality of connection, right to benefit from what they create, freedom of expression on the internet and privacy on the internet.

HB 1100 lists the following prohibited acts to ensure privacy of Internet users: monitoring or analyzing of data by an internet service provider without prior knowledge and consent of the user or subscriber, internet surveillance and data collection on users by agencies and instrumentalities of the state without securing a court order, identification of internet users and disclosure of their communications data without a court order and for purposes other than criminal investigations and criminal proceedings and accessing communications data by persons other than public authorities that are directly involved in criminal investigations and criminal proceedings.

 

LLANESCA T. PANTI

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