Friday, September 21, 2012

Privacy Vs. Peace & Order and National Security

At the Philippine Daily Inquirer today, one headline says:

"Cops may tap Skype conversations, e-mails under new cybercrime law"

It says that under the recently signed "Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012", it only requires a court order, cops may be able to tap into everyone's online activities.

I believe that in instances where privacy gets into conflict with crime prevention and protection of national security, the individual has to take a back seat. However, the danger of this law being abused by people out to harm others remain very high. At the Manila Police District for instance, a radio reports that a good number of cases are filed against cops every month. 

I therefore propose that a special court be created specifically to handle cyber crime. That way, only a select few will be able to decide this matters. People will also be able to closely scrutinize their decisions.

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