Defamation over social media, cyberstalking to be punishable by law in new bill

( Cyberstalking and defamation over social media may be punishable by law should the Consolidated Cyber Crime Bill be approved by the House of Representatives, reports ABS-CBN News.


According to the report, Committee Chair Sigfrido Tinga said that the bill recognizes freedom of expression but it has to be confined to what is acceptable. In the bill, cybercrime offenses are defined as offenses against the confidentiality, integrity and availability of computer data and systems (illegal access, illegal interception, data interference, system interference and misuse of devices); computer-related offenses (computer forgery and computer-related fraud); content-related offenses (cybersex, unsolicited commercial communications, cyberdefamation and cyberthreats), as enumerated by ABS-CBN News.


Penalties for violators include: prison mayor (six to 12 years) and /or a P200,000 fine for violators of computer-related and confidentiality-related offenses; prison mayor and/or a fine of P200,000-P1M for violators of the cybersex law; arresto mayor (one to six months) or a P50,000-P250,000 fine for violators of unsolicited commercial communications; and arresto mayor and a fine of P100,000-P300,000 for cyber defamation violators.


However, the report also indicated that if higher penalties are prescribed under the Revised Penal Code, then those will apply.


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