Philippine cybercrime law takes effect amid protests

A controversial law targeting cybercrime in the Philippines has come into effect, fuelling protests by citizens and media groups fearing censorship.The new law, called the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, was signed by the president on 12 September.It is intended to prevent cybersex, online child pornography, identity theft and spamming, officials say.But it also makes libel a cybercrime punishable by up to 12 years in jail. see:Internet Law In Philippines Takes Effect, Raising Fears
A new Internet law that took effect in the Philippines on Wednesday could lead to imprisonment for common activities like sharing Facebook and Twitter posts, critics say.The new law, the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, which was signed by President Benigno S. Aquino III on Sept. 12, sets penalties for several computer-related crimes, including child pornography, identity theft, online fraud and illegally accessing computer networks. go blank in Philippines
Thousands of people in the Philippines have protested against a new cybercrime law by turning their websites and social media pages blank.Those involved in the protest include major news outlets, bloggers and thousands of Twitter users.They’re angry over the law, which allows the government to close down websites without a warrant.

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