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It’s a strange time for lawmakers as they try to protect its citizens from cyber crimes without violating their rights (let’s give them the benefit of the doubt lol). Here is a good example of that conflict taking place in the Philippines.

The law in question Republic Act No.10175, better known as the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, has some elements that are good, like allowing the identification and punishment of internet crimes such as hacking, identity theft, and spam. However, it is the elements relating to online libel and the ability to block websites without a court order that have people upset and filing petitions against it.

Apparently, the law is so vague that even retweeting, linking, or sharing an update or post that has criticisms would be considered a crime and punishable under law.

Yeah man, I don’t know. I like and retweet a lot of questionable material so this law would NOT be a good look for me. Apparently, there are a lot of people opposed to the new legislature including public officials and Anonymous Philippines. Anonymous Philippines?! Didn’t know they had different chapters for each country, that’s kinda ill. Anyway, I hope they figure this thing out. Hacking could be justifying the lawmakers’ case for tighter control, so it’s tricky.

[via weirdasianews]