• Measure repealing cybercrime law filed

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    A measure that aims to repeal the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 was filed in the House of Representatives by neophyte Kabataan Rep. Terry Ridon.

    The cybercrime law or Republic Act 10175 has an online libel provision and allows authorities to block websites. The Supreme Court however stopped its implementation.

    “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.

    He said the provisions regarding online libel as vague, and sections on data collection and sanctions makes the cybercrime law an online censorship law.

    Ridon also filed House Bill 1100 or the Internet Freedom bill which seeks to promote and protect the rights of Internet users.

    The measure identifies six rights of internet users: 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.

    “Filing a bill that seeks to strike down the whole Cybercrime Law necessitates the legislation of a law that will ensure that rights of internet users will not be left out,” Ridon said.

    Llanesca T. Panti

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