The Supreme Court (SC) will resume on Tuesday the voting on some controversial provisions of Republic Act No. 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2013.
There are now 15 pending petitions before the SC questioning the constitutionality of the Cybercrime Law.
Some of the provisions which were voted upon in the SC en banc session last week were the following:
— Section 4-C-4 which imposes penalty on internet libel;
— Section 5 which penalizes those who try to help anyone who is planning to commit cyber offense, especially involving child pornography, unsolicited commercial communications and internet libel;
— Section 6 which provides a higher penalty for crimes committed through information and communications technology;
— Section 13 which provides for the preservation of computer data; and
— Section 15 which authorizes law enforcement agencies to confiscate and examine computer data.
The SC justices are expected to vote on Sections 7, 12 and 19 of the Cybercrime Law on Tuesday.
Section 7 states that anyone who is penalized for violation of the Cybercrime Law can be held liable for crimes covered by the Revised Penal Code (RPC).
Section 12 allows real time collection of computer data and Section 19 empowers the Department of Justice (DOJ) to block access on computer data if it can be found violating the Cybercrime Law. PNA