Lawmakers propose to criminalize ?phishing?

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[/caption] Representatives Mariano Michael Velarde Jr. and Irwin Tieng of party-list Buhay stressed the need for the early passage of House Bill 6199, saying illegal Internet activities in the country are already alarming. The bill defines phishing as an act of securing personal information such as username, password, bank account numbers, and credit card details for the purpose of using it in fraud, or for participating in fraudulent business practices, or for the purpose of identity theft and misrepresentation. The bill imposes a 12-year imprisonment and a fine of P200,000 and penalizes any person who wilfully abets or aids in the commission of any of the offenses or any person who wilfully attempts to commit any of the enumerated offenses under the proposed law. Velarde said presently there are two cybercrime bills pending approval. One is Senate Bill 2796 otherwise called “An Act Defining Cybercrime, Providing for Prevention, Investigation and Imposition of Penalties Therefor and For Other Purposes,” and the other one is House Bill 5808 or “An Act Preventing Cybercrime, Providing for the Prevention, Suppression and the Imposition of Penalties Therefor and for Other Purposes,” which were passed on third reading. “Currently, these bills merely define and penalize cybercrimes in general. The intent of this measure is to specifically define and penalize phishing in the Philippines,” Velarde said. In filing the measure, Velarde cited the declared policy of the State which recognizes the increasingly vital role of information and communications technology (ICT) as an enabler of key industries, such as banking, broadcasting, business process outsourcing, electronic commerce and telecommunications, and a driving force for the nation?s overall social and economic development. [caption id="attachment_3347" align="alignright" width="129" caption="Tieng"][/caption] Tieng said the State also recognizes the importance of providing an environment conducive to the development, acceleration, and application of ICT to attain free, easy and intelligible access to exchange and/or delivery of information, and the need to protect and safeguard the integrity of computer and communications systems, networks and database, and the confidentiality, integrity and availability of information and data stored, from all forms of misuse, abuse and illegal access by making such conduct punishable under the law. “It is in this light that the State shall adopt sufficient powers to effectively prevent and combat such offenses by facilitating their detection, investigation and prosecution at both the domestic and international levels, and by providing arrangements for fast and reliable international cooperation,” Tieng said. Under the bill, the government gives assistance to other countries under Presidential Decree 1069 otherwise known as the “Philippine Extradition Law” for purposes of detection, investigation, and prosecution of offenses under the proposed act. ]]>

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