Internet, offline rights should be equal, lawyer says

Posted at 12/01/2012 3:01 AM | Updated as of 12/01/2012 3:52 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Laws should ensure the rights of people either when they either go online or in the real world, one of the proponents of a proposed measure for Philippine internet users said Friday.

Lawyer Oliver Reyes, in an interview on ANC Prime Time, said the proposed Magna Carta for Philippine Internet Freedom that he helped draft and authored by Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago equalizes online and offline rights and responsibilities.

"The public should be more active in communicating with their representatives on various issues," said Reyes, who is @ageofbrillig on Twitter.

He said laws that cover the internet should be oriented toward constitutional rights.

Another online rights advocate, Engr. Pierre Galla (@jesterinexile), expressed hope for the proposed measure to replace the controversial anti-cybercrime law.

"We got inputs from several people online when drafting the Magna Carta for Philippine Internet Freedom," he told ANC.

The proposed law is designed to to penalize cybercrimes while protecting the rights and freedoms of Filipinos in cyberspace.

For example, the controversial "take-down" clause and "double jeopardy" provisions have been stricken off.

The bill also protects the right against illegal searches and seizures.

If the bill prospers, it will be the first law created through crowdsourcing, with concerned citizens including IT specialists, academics and bloggers behind the draft.  - ANC