Anyone who knows the internet, even those who knows the net without actively browsing the web, knows the strong impact of social media, which includes facebook, twitter and instagram, on the way business is being done. This is abundantly clear when it comes to marketing. The recent “tshirt controversy” highlights the impact of social media on customer feedback and corporate image.
If phishing scams have been around for many years, and millions of pesos have been lost from banks and depositors by reason of breached account details, why is it that there many are still, and will still be, victimized by the same modus operandi?
We received an email regarding voyeurism, a topic which we discussed before (see WHAT VOYEURISM? MEET THE ANTI-PHOTO AND VIDEO VOYEURISM ACT OF 2009 (RA 9995) and Around the Anti-Photo and Video Voyeurism Law). The email asked for information on where to file a complaint for voyeurism and the accompanying threat to publish the sexy photos/videos (basically blackmail), a predicament experienced by many others. The letter reads: Continue reading
With the renewed interest on Republic Act No. 10175, also known as the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, brought about by today’s oral arguments at the Supreme Court, it might be helpful to re-post the primer issued by the Department of Justice (DOJ): Continue reading
The Philippine Daily Inquirer reported that “environmentalists and Internet users have rallied behind Esperlita “Perling” Garcia, an antimining advocate who was arrested on Thursday on libel charges for a purported critical post on Facebook in spite of the Supreme Court’s suspension of the cybercrime law.” Continue reading
The public backlash against the cybercrime bill, or certain parts thereof, must have nudged President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino to consider the option of removing criminal liability for libel. During the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP) forum the other day, Wednesday, President Aquino said that he favors decriminalizing libel. After signing the Cybercrime Law, with the “brilliantly” inserted provision on libel, President Aquino has changed his mind after one month. Continue reading
The Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 (Republic Act No. 10175, An Act Defining Cybercrime, Providing For The Prevention, Investigation, Suppression And The Imposition Of Penalties Therefor And For Other Purposes) was signed by President Aquino on 12 September 2012. It will take effect fifteen (15) days after the completion of its publication in the Official Gazette or in at least two (2) newspapers of general circulation. Continue reading
A number of protests welcomed the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 (Republic Act No. 10175; full text; legal wiki entry; summary of cybercrimes), as it becomes effective today. There’s the Black Tuesday. A number of mass actions were held. New petitions were filed at the Supreme Court, seeking the nullity of the cybercrime law or some of its provisions. Some individuals who claim to be members of Anonymous Philippines took an extreme action — they hacked a number of government sites. So, what does hacking accomplish, in relation to the new cybercrime law? Continue reading
On 12 September 2012, President Benigno Aquino signed into law the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 (Republic Act No. 10175; full text; legal wiki entry; summary of cybercrimes). We have been interested in this law since it was filed as a bill (see Senate Bill 52). The bill, now the law, certainly has good intentions, but it also has certain provisions that are potentially open to abuse. Continue reading