Sen. Bongbong Marcos: On the Need to Legislate against “Cybercrimes”

23 September 2010

With the help of the Department of Justice, we filed Senate Bill No. 2534 proposing the enactment of a “Cybercrime Prevention Act”. It seeks to define cybercrimes, set parameters for its prevention and investigation, and impose penalties for its violation.

High-technology devices, such as the personal computer and other electronic devices, have proven to be useful and indispensable tools of the modern world. Truly, private and public transactions are now greatly facilitated and operations of organizations and institutions run much easier and less complicated.

However, on the other end of the spectrum, unfortunately, high-technology is used for illegal, immoral, and other sinister purposes–with the same ease and facility.

Nowadays, methods of digital attacks, identity theft, and hacking, to mention a few, beleaguer the information technology system. Computers are used to commit crimes where confidential information is lost or intercepted, or where the privacy of another is violated.

This legislative measure seeks to define “cybercrimes”, or offenses against the confidentiality, integrity and availability of computer data and system, computer-related offenses, and content-related offenses, and provides penalty for them. The creation of the Office of Cybercrime under the Department of Justice and the Cybercrime Investigation and Coordinating Center are also provided for, with the common aim of suppressing and deterring the commission of cybercrimes.