The Philippines recently enacted a law outlawing “cybersex.” The new law called the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, cybersex — defined as the “lascivious exhibition of sexual organs or sexual activity, with the aid of a computer system, for favor or consideration” — is now a crime. Anyone found guilty of such behavior faces a fine of up to $24,018, and an unspecified amount of prison time.
This broad definition of cybersex could mean that you could be guilty of a crime if you sent your sweetheart suggestive pictures. Any webcam of nudity and uploading of any porn material would be included as well. Basically it completely outlaws porn online. Good luck to that!
In this conservative country of mostly Catholics, only one senator, Teofisto Guingona III, voted against the bill in January, and wrote on Facebook that the cybersex provision “legislates morality.”
The bill establishes an Office of Cybercrime with a budget of $1,200,915. The Cybercrime Prevention Act’s main target are conventional cyber crimes such as gaining illegal access or selling users’ passwords. However it is the harsh libel laws and the cybersex portion that has received the harshest criticism.
Many critics doubt the cybersex law portion will ever be enforced - it would be just too impossible to police everyone’s action on their computer. This law is definitely one big example of big brother going too far.
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