A Collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh

Philippines Supreme Court again stays cybercrime law

The Supreme Court of the Philippines [official website] on Tuesday has again stopped the government from enforcing a cybercrimes law [RA 10175, PDF] passed last year. The law was also suspended for 120 days [JURIST report] in October so the court could consider the civil liberty implications of the law. The court has issued a fresh temporary restraining order for more time to scrutinize the law [AFP report] for possible violations of constitutional provisions on freedom of expression.

Cybercrime and electronic privacy laws have been a focus of courts and legislatures throughout the world. Earlier in September New York Governor Andrew Cuomo [official website] signed into law a bill [JURIST report] that amends the state's penal code to prohibit the access and viewing of child pornography on the Internet. Internet search company Google [corporate website] has faced investigations and legal action over privacy concerns and electronic security matters in Switzerland, the EU, Japan and the US [JURIST reports] over the past year.

About Paper Chase

Paper Chase is JURIST's real-time legal news service, powered by a team of 30 law student reporters and editors led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an educational service, Paper Chase is dedicated to presenting important legal news and materials rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible format.

© Copyright JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc., 2013.