Cybercrime is an emerging threat to the way netizens go about their daily routine, and that fact isn’t lost on Microsoft and the Department of Justice. During the recently concluded 2nd International Conference on Cybercrime both the DOJ and Microsoft pushed for the passage of the cybercrime bill to protect the rights of ICT users in the Philippines, and hopefully to curb the malicious elements in cyberspace. The event was attended by political heavyweights such as Sen. Edgardo Angara; Cong. Sigfrido Tinga, Taguig City; Atty. Ivan John Uy, Chairman, Commission on Information Communications Technology; Dondi Mapa, National Technology Officer, Microsoft Philippines and government agencies like the National Bureau of Investigation, Philippine National Police, Department of Trade and Industry, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas and the Anti-Money Laundering Council.
The cybercrime bill will prevent and combat information theft, computer system hacking and evenonline human trafficking. It will protect individuals and companies from illegal or unauthorized access totheir computer systems. The process of retaining and using digital evidence is also a significant feature.