Angara: Cybercrime Law a milestone for ICT industry

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Republic Act 10175, said the enactment of the measure is a milestone for the booming ICT-driven economy in the Philippines. [caption id="attachment_4925" align="alignright" width="177" caption="Angara"][/caption] “The passage of the cybercrime bill is timely especially after the recent arrest of an estimated 400 foreign nationals involved in cybercrime which defrauded victims of millions per day,” explained Angara, chair of the Congressional Commission of Science and Technology and Engineering (Comste). “Existing laws already criminalize certain online activities but now, a wider range of Internet-driven crimes are covered,” he said in a press statement. Pres. Benigno ?Noynoy? Aquino III signed the legislation last week, paving the way for the laying down a comprehensive legal framework for the detection, investigation, and suppression of cybercrimes such as hacking, identity theft, cybersquatting, illegal access, spamming, cyber-squatting, cybersex, and online child pornography. “With this law, we hope to encourage the use of cyberspace for information, recreation, learning and commerce. By protecting all users from abuse and misuse, we enable Netizens to use cyberspace more productively,” stressed Angara. The lawmaker added, “This measure will deter people from committing crimes because the virtual world will no longer be a lawless realm. Its enactment sends out a strong message to the world that the Philippines is serious about keeping cyberspace safe. ” The Cybercrime Prevention Act is the second consecutive ICT-bill signed into law by President Aquino, following the enactment of the Data Privacy Act (RA 10173), also sponsored and authored by Angara. ]]>

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