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Court Suspends Cybersecurity Law

PRIVACY LAW—PHILIPPINES

October 10, 2012

The Supreme Court of the Philippines has suspended the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, reports The New York Times. The government will respond to 15 petitions filed in opposition to the law, which critics have said could lead to imprisonment for sharing social media posts, the report states. The law “establishes penalties for various computer-related crimes, including child pornography, identity theft, online fraud and illegally accessing computer networks.” One senator called the law’s temporary suspension “the first victory in our battle to defend our freedom and right of expression.” (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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