Cybercrime Law is published online via Official Gazette

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Republic Act 10175, also known as Anti-cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, was finally uploaded on Saturday, Sept. 15, at, the online version of the government?s Official Gazette. Its official publication date, however, is Sept. 12, 2012 ? the same date it was signed by Pres. Benigno ?Noynoy? Aquino III. Since it takes 15 days upon publication before the law become effective, it will only assume its full effect on Sept. 27, 2012. The punishable acts under RA 10175 are grouped into three: offences against the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of computer data and systems; computer-related offences; and content-related offences. Under the first category are the following crimes: illegal access, illegal interception, data interference, misuse of devices, and cybersquatting. In the second category are the following crimes: computer-related forgery, computer-related fraud, and computer-related identity theft. In the last category are the following crimes: cybersex, child pornography, unsolicited commercial communication, and libel. The law provides for the creation of an Office of Cybercrime under the Department of Justice. Also created is an inter-agency body called Cybercrime Investigation and Coordinating Center (CICC) to be chaired by the executive director of the ICT Office under the Department of Science and Technology. ]]>

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