EU supports PH's law vs cybercrime

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 18 2014 12:56 PM | Updated as of Mar 18 2014 08:56 PM

MANILA - The European Union has given its full support to the government’s actions against cybercrime, including the Cybercrime Prevention Act.

“Although three provisions were struck down by the court, the [law] upheld the constitutionality of many provisions that had been challenged by the petitioners. This is not surprising, as the fundamental concept is crafted after the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime of the Council of Europe,” the EU said.

The Budapest Convention on Cybercrime is an international treaty that seeks to address Internet crimes via increased cooperation among nations.

The anti-cybercrime law also penalizes Internet libel, which was questioned by several petitioners.

EU believes, however, that “the [law] will continue to evolve as proposed bills are considered and debated on the floors of both houses of the Congress.”

Lubomir Frebort, the head of the Political Section of the European Union Delegation to the Philippines, said that under the Global Action on Cybercrime Project (GLACY), the EU is collaborating with the Department of Justice and the Philippine National Police to train judges, prosecutors and law enforcement agencies on the investigation of cybercrime cases, electronic evidence, as well as to enhance international law enforcement and judicial cooperation against cybercrime.

“The European Union believes that the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime serves as a very efficient international instrument in addressing cyber threats and is a basis for international cooperation in this field. Cybercrime, being borderless, requires cooperation, coordination, and collaboration with other countries,” he said.

“Having this in mind, the European Union Delegation is looking forward to the next steps from the Republic of the Philippines in its efforts to fight cybercrime and to accede to the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime,” he added.