Lawmakers propose to criminalize Phishing

LAWMAKERS are pushing for the passage of the proposed “Anti-Phishing Bill of 2012” siting illegal internet activities in the country are already alarming.

Reps. Mariano Michael Velarde, Jr. and Irwin Tieng (Party-list, BUHAY) stressed the need for the early passage of House Bill 6199.

The bill defines Phishing as an act of securing personal information such as username, password, bank account numbers and credit card details for the purpose of using it in fraud, or for participating in fraudulent business practices, or for the purpose of identity theft and misrepresentation.

Under the proposed bill, any person who willfully abets or aids in the commission of any of the offenses will suffer 12 year imprisonment and a fine of P200,000.

To date, there are two cybercrime bills pending approval.  One is Senate Bill 2796 otherwise called “An Act Defining Cybercrime, Providing for Prevention, Investigation and Imposition of Penalties Therefor and For Other Purposes,” and the other one is House Bill 5808 or “An Act Preventing Cybercrime, Providing for the
Prevention, Suppression and the Imposition of Penalties Therefor and for Other Purposes,” which were passed on third reading.

“Currently, these bills merely define and penalize cybercrimes in general.  The intent of this measure is to specifically define and penalize Phishing in the Philippines,” Velarde said.

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