TRO vs Cybercrime Law, bigong mailabas ng SC

TULOY NA ang pagpapatupad ng Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 o Republic Act 10175 ngayong araw matapos mabigo ang Supreme Court (SC) na aksyunan ang pitong petisyon laban dito.

Ipinagpaliban ng Korte Suprema ang pagtalakay sa mga petisyon kahapon dahil tatlo sa mga mahistrado ang nasa ibang bansa para sa official business, habang dalawa naman ang hindi nakadalo.

Itinakda na lang ang pagtalakay sa mga petisyon sa susunod na en banc sa Oktubre 9.

Base sa mga inihaing petisyon, labag sa Konstitusyon ang Cybercrime Law dahil sa mga probisyon hinggil sa freedom of speech, equal protection law, right to privacy, right against unreasonable search and seizures at right against double jeopardy.

Samantala, kabilang sa mga probisyon ng batas na nais nilang ideklarang unconstitutional ang mga sumusunod: Sec. 4 (a)(3), which includes data interference, defined as “the intentional or reckless alteration, damaging, deletion or deterioration of computer data, electronic document, or electronic data message, without right, including the introduction or transmission of viruses,” in the list of cybercrime offenses; Sec. 4(b)(3), which lists computer-related identity theft, defined as the intentional acquisition, use, misuse, transfer, possession, alteration or deletion of identifying information belonging to another, as one of computer-related offenses; Sec. 4(c)(4), which criminalizes libel, not only on the internet, but also on “any other similar means which may be devised in the future; Sec. 5(a)(b), which identifies other offenses punishable under the law, such as: (a) Aiding or Abetting in the Commission of Cybercrime; and (b) Attempt in the Commission of Cybercrime; Sec. 6, which raises by one degree higher the penalties provided for by the Revised Penal Code for all crimes committed through and with the use of information and communications; Sec. 7, which provides that, apart from prosecution under the law, any person charged for the alleged offense covered will not be spared from violations of the Revised Penal Code and other special laws; Sec. 12, which authorizes the real-time collection of traffic data; Sec. 17, which authorizes service providers and law enforcement agencies to “completely destroy the computer data subject of a preservation and examination” order; Sec. 19, which authorizes the DOJ to block access to computer data when such data “is prima facie found to be in violation of the provisions of this Act;” at Sec. 20, which states that those who fail to comply with provisions of Chapter IV (Enforcement and Implementation), specifically orders from law enforcement agencies, shall face imprisonment of prision correctional (6 months and 1 day to 6 years) in its maximum period or a fine of P100,000 or both, for each noncompliance. (PARAZZI REPORTORIAL TEAM)

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