Thursday, 20 September 2012

Philippine Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, Signed

Cybercrime Prevention Act 2012, (Senate Bill 2769) a bill which allows authorities to examine and investigate people for internet-related crimes, was signed last Monday, September 12, 2012, by the Philippines Senate.

To this date, criminals are rampant not only on sidewalks, streets, and dark places, but also in cyberspace. People can easily hack accounts and steal identities and intellectual properties. The high risk this poses to government, enterprises, and individuals served as the catalyst for Philippine authorities to draft a bill ensuring prevention of unwanted cyber theft.

The bill contains a number of punishable offenses including, but not exclusive to (a) illegal access to a computer system (b) illegal interception of data (c) data interference (including international alteration or damaging of data) (d) system interference (including damaging or altering computer data or programs) (e) use, production, sale, procurement, importation, distribution or making it available without right of malware, passwords or codes, and (f) all computer-related forgery, fraud or identity theft.

There have been global government-initiated efforts to combat cybercrimes. Even the United States, District Court of Virginia commissioned Microsoft to start the move towards reducing, and possibly having zero-cybercrime rate*.

Philippine government allotted an annual budget of Php50 million for the implementation of the law. With the bill about to be executed, it is expected cybercrimes will diminish in number, though understandable that it’s near to impossible these malicious intents come to a complete stop. Even with the bill, people are still not hundred percent sure and guaranteed of their security online. What’s good about the new law is that it will require enterprises, and individual businessmen running their electronic commerce business to follow stringent security rules. The bill does not specify which security features are to use and which technology to employ. It uses ‘tools’ as the words to describe them, but these can understandably be the SSL certificates, and digital signatures.

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It is expected that the implementation of the bill and customers’ willingness to abide by the rules will significantly lower the risks of online theft. Get your security products from GlobalSign and enjoy full assistance from fully qualified local technical support.

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