October 3, 2012 – It is the day that the Republic Act No. 10175, also known as the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, became effective. Hacking, identity theft, illegal downloading, and yes, even libel: commit any of these crimes and you will end up in jail.
1. Law .a. defamation by written or printed words, pictures, or in any form other than by spoken words or gestures.b. the act or crime of publishing it.c. a formal written declaration or statement, as one containing the allegations of a plaintiff or the grounds of a charge.2. anything that is defamatory or that maliciously or damagingly misrepresents.(Meaning from Dictionary.com)
The law’s supposed to be a good thing, right?
1) Well, for one thing, posers (Don’t they just piss you off?) will decrease or will be gone forever. Good riddance.
2) We will have less worries about hackers (maybe?)
3) Piracy will come to an end. You may now say goodbye to torrent.
4) No more cyber bullying (or whatever you may call it). You can only say something nice about anybody. If you can’t do that, better shut up. I know it’s tempting to let your thoughts out once in a while, but THINK FIRST before you post it on your blog or any social networking sites (it’s better to just talk to your friends about it than letting the public know your thoughts). Even saying something sarcastically can be a reason for someone to sue you (uh-oh). Your past posts are also affected. So better start deleting those BAAAAD posts, comments, tweets, and UNLIKE those stuff you once LIKEd (yeah, even those who liked a certain comment/post will be punished as well).
Currently, internet users all over the Philippines are ranting about this new law. Some say it’s good, some say it’s bad. As a person who knows someone who became a victim of cyber bullying/hacking/identity theft, I can say that implementing this law is not that bad. However, the unpleasant side is, you will not be free to post whatever you like. Also, someone might abuse this law in many ways. Just think about it.
You don’t like it that much, do you? I know, but this is the law. As long as that’s the case, we should abide by it or we won’t like the consequences. So from now on, be careful what you blog about. Read it a thousand times (if you have to) before you post it.
~ lady in red ~