Comprehensive Internet Law Pushed

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Comprehensive Internet Law Pushed

Senator Edgardo Angara Thursday pushed for a comprehensive Internet law in the Philippines to curb the rising incidence of online-related crimes in the country.

Angara, chair of the Senate committee on Education, Arts and Culture, said recent studies have shown that a number of crimes and other forms of violations committed over the Internet are rapidly increasing, thus, a stringent law should be crafted that would give heavy penalties to "cybercriminals."

The Philippines has the highest social networking usage in the Asia

Pacific Region with 90 percent of Filipinos frequent users of social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, Angara said citing US-based industry tracker comScore report.

"These numbers reflect the Filipino's inherent need to establish and maintain ties with the people we care about through social networking sites like Facebook or Friendster," Angara said.

"However, these immensely popular sites also attract new kinds of illegal activities called cybercrimes. This is why we need to make the Internet safer for our citizens," he said.

Cybercrime constitutes the downloading and uploading of pornographic materials, hacking, fraud and a host of other destructive activities.

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