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SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau

Bill on cyber crime filed
Writer: Lorelei V. Castillo, MRS-PRIB
07 October 2010 12:06:04 PM

Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (2nd District, Pampanga) urged Congress to approve her bill seeking to protect individuals and institutions from malicious attacks through cyberspace.

House Bill 383 co-authored by her son Rep. Diosdado M. Arroyo (2nd District, Camarines Sur) seeks to criminalize the use of Internet to advance nefarious activities.

Macapagal-Arroyo said the steady growth of crimes committed through the Internet has become alarming because of the global reach of the Internet.

"People from all walks of life may fall prey to fraudsters and other unlawful attacks such as committing fraud, child pornography, intellectual property infringement, stealing of identities and privacy violation," Macapagal-Arroyo said.

Macapagal-Arroyo lamented that because of the proliferation and ease of committing cyber crimes, there is a need to ensure the security, integrity, confidentiality and dependability of the country's information and communications structure.

"A law that will facilitate the detection, investigation and prosecution of the misuse, abuse and illegal access of our information and communication system is therefore imperative," Macapagal-Arroyo said.

Macapagal-Arroyo said it is the declared policy of the State to provide an environment conducive to the development, acceleration and application of information and communication technology (ICT) to attain free, easy and intelligible access to exchange and/or delivery of information.

"There is a need to protect and safeguard the integrity of computer and communication systems, networks and database, and the confidentiality, integrity and availability of information and data stored therein, from all forms of misuse, abuse and illegal access by making such conduct punishable under the law," Macapagal-Arroyo stressed.

Macapagal-Arroyo said the State must have sufficient powers to effectively prevent and combat such offences by facilitating their detection, investigation and prosecution at both the domestic and international levels, and by providing arrangements for fast and reliable international cooperation.

Under the measure otherwise known as the "Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2010," a person can be criminally liable if he commits offenses against the confidentiality, integrity and availability of computer data and systems, computer forgery and computer-related fraud.

It is also punishable under the Act content-related offenses such as cybersex, child pornography and unsolicited commercial communications, aiding or abetting in the commission of the cyber crime and attempt to commit cyber crime.

The bill provides penalties ranging from P200,000.00 to P1.25 million and imprisonment of prision mayor.