DOJ puts out primer on cybercrime; NBI creates unit to hunt violators

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?Last 01 October 2012, the DOJ released a statement on the recently enacted Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012. The latest guide is a more detailed document about cybercrime in general. We hope to solicit comments and feedback to collaborate with interested organizations and stakeholders,? said DOJ assistant secretary Geronimo L. Sy, head of the DOJ Office of Cybercrime. The implementation of the new Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 was suspended due to a temporary restraining order of the SC. The order is set to expire on Feb. 6, 2013. The primer, outlined in a question-and-answer format, provides information and basic knowledge about cybercrime, its nature, history, and extent of occurrence in the Philippines. It is available for viewing or download here. ?This is a continuing effort to address the need for education and information of the public specially the netizens who are or may be victimized by a modern menace,? said DOJ secretary Leila M. de Lima. ?Delivery of justice should be proactive and dynamic,? she said. Meanwhile, the government-owned Philippine Information Agency (PIA) reported that the National Bureau of Investigation-Region 1 (NBI-1) has created a Computer Crime Unit (CCU) to ?determine and arrest people violating R.A. 10175 or Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.? This is despite the fact that the SC has yet to lift the temporary restraining order on the controversial law and rule on its constitutionality. The NBI is under the administrative supervision of the DOJ. According to the report, NBI-1 supervising agent Martini Cruz said the ?establishment of CCU will help investigators to probe if there [were] violations done? by the social networking users.? Cruz was quoted citing an example of a Facebook user posting ?harsh words or obscene videos in her/his account.? ?In these cases, we check the Facebook of the complainant to see if the offenses made are valid and subject to cybercrime offenses under Section 4 and once proven, we undertake thorough investigation,” he was quoted to have said. The PIA report noted Cruz?s pronouncement that ?they are coordinating with the legal department of Facebook in California to hasten [the resolution] such related cases, and ensure that they have well-trained and capable workers to respond and investigate in times of similar crime.? ?Persons that will be found guilty will be imprisoned and punished with a corresponding fine depending on the length or degree of his/her case,? Cruz, as quoted in the report. ]]>

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