In the past, the people of the United States have been threatened by various Internet related acts that were developed in an attempt to lessen Internet crime and piracy issues. These acts, such as SOPA and ACTA, did a bit more than they promised, and had certain parts within their texts that could be seen as unconstitutional due to privacy-related subjects. The US was spared from these laws, but now, way down in the magical land of the Philippines, a very similar law is going through their government system.
With this new law, the government will be able to “crack down” on cyber criminals that are performing malicious acts on the networks in their country. However, even if this law seems sugar-coated and safe, it has some suspicious texts as well that stand against the constitutional rights of the Philippine’s citizens. A month ago, the law was actually put into action, but due to intense protests and at least 15 humongous petitions made by the denizens of the country, the Philippine’s supreme court put a hold on the law, suspending it from the government for at least a month. In this time, the law will be reviewed and looked over to make sure that no rights are compromised throughout the text.
Most of the petitions leading to the law’s temporary dismissal only happened within the last couple of weeks, mainly because citizens realized that the law was prohibiting the silliest of things. Libel and other forms of “verbal aggression” were considered illegal through the act. That means that if you were to go on Facebook and call someone out and maybe call them a “silly man face that also cheats in Halo, lol noob” you could end up with a fine or jail time. Though nobody was accused of this since the time the law got passed, (who knows how, libel is a pretty big deal) the fact that such a little thing could leave you out of a lot of cash or time is absolutely preposterous. Hopefully the law won’t make it out of the court unless it is made to be constitutional and doesn’t contain ridiculous things. If this happens, the law could be a grace for the country, as the Philippines has a very strong virtual community that could be given less of a threatening environment.