Cybercrime & human rights: Justifications for amending the Philippines' Cybercrime Prevention Act

This policy paper presents justifications and recommendations for the amendment of the Philippine Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, with regard to the provisions on online libel and cybersex, and law’s implementing rules with regard to collection of computer data. The policy paper has three parts: 1) an introduction describing the context in which the law has been applied, its significance in combating cybercrime, and instances where its application violated human rights; 2) a review of the three specific provisions sought to be removed/repealed; and 3) concrete recommendations to make the law more adherent with human rights standards as mandated by the Constitution and international treaties.

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