Filipinos take to the streets to protest new cybercrime law
Activists, netizens, journalists, bloggers, organizations and individual citizens, and even the militant group Karapatan, took to the streets on Oct 2 to protest in front of the Philippine Supreme Court, calling on the nation’s highest court to declare the recently-enacted Cybercrime Law unconstitutional.
Philippines cybercrime law is unconstitutional, says senator
The only senator who voted against the Cybercrime Law during its deliberations in the Philippine Senate, Teofisto Guingona III, said he opposed the controversial law based on constitutional grounds as the measure imposes “prior restraint” on the freedom of expression and speech.
Clock ticking for Personal Data Protection Act compliance
TIime is running out for Malaysian companies to comply with the imminent implementation of the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA).
The ‘good things’ about Section 114A
There are some good things that have come out of the Government’s bulldozing method of enacting new legislation, such as the recent amendment to the Evidence Act 1950: It has engendered serious and indepth discussions about freedom of expression on the Internet, writes A. Asohan.
PM asks Cabinet to re-look Evidence Act amendment
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said he has instructed his Cabinet to review a controversial law after civil society bodies, private individuals, Internet-related businesses and leaders from both sides of the political divide staged an online protest that garnered international exposure.
National ICT body Pikom joins chorus calling for review of 114A
The Association of the Computer and Multimedia Industry of Malaysia (Pikom) has backed calls for a review of the controversial amendment to the Evidence Act 1950, joining a raft of concerned civil society bodies, private individuals, Internet-related businesses and leaders from both sides of the political divide.
Govt stealthily gazettes Evidence Act amendment, law is now in operation
The Malaysian Government has gone ahead to gazette a controversial amendment to the Evidence Act 1950 despite the objections and concerns of the online community and civil advocates, who have said it would have a chilling effect on freedom of expression.
Manila proposes strengthening anti-wiretapping law
A new Philippines legislative measure is proposing that the unauthorized access of network and phone records information of a subscriber be declared as a punishable criminal act.
Petition to stop controversial amendment handed to Govt (includes videos)
The Centre for Independent Journalism has handed a petition against recent amendments to the Evidence Act 1950 to de facto Deputy Law Minister Datuk V.K. Liew in Parliament. The petition collected more than 3,300 signatures and called on the Malaysian Government to withdraw Section 114A of the Evidence (Amendment) (No. 2) Act 2012 because it threatens freedom of expression online and presumes the guilt rather than innocence of Internet users publishing content online.
Philippines okays Data Privacy Act
A bicameral committee in the Philippines has cleared the Data Privacy Act just before Congress ended its formal session recently, but only after some contentious provisions were revised in the bill.
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