Technology and Telecommunications

CAP Regulations on Drones 

CAP Regulations on Drones 

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s) like drones, airships, and rotorcrafts are becoming commonplace. Their application is no longer confined to the military or for warfare, as they can be used for recreational purposes such as photography and tourism. In response to this trend, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) issued Memorandum Circular No. 21, as well as Memorandum Circular No. 35 last June and November 2014, respectively. These memoranda amended Part 11 of the Philippine Civil Aviation Regulations (PCAR), providing new rules with respect to the operation and registration of UAV’s. The recently issued memoranda defines UAV as an […]

NTC Rules on Prepaid Load

NTC Rules on Prepaid Load

According to a 2013 report issued by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), there are about 80 million prepaid subscribers in the Philippines. Another report made by Mobile World Live in 2014 found that 96% of cellphone users in the Philippines are prepaid subscribers. In response, the NTC, the government agency charged with the regulation of public telecommunication services issued Memorandum Circular (MC) 03-07-2009 imposing a minimum validity period for load credits of prepaid subscribers. Generally prepaid loads of higher value have longer validity periods. The minimum periods are as follows: P10.00 or lower                                               Three days More than P10.00 to P50.00 […]

Anti-Cybercrime Law’s IRR signed, released

Anti-Cybercrime Law’s IRR signed, released

August 12, 2015 — The Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of RA 10175 or the “Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012” was signed by Justice Secretary Leila De Lima, Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Edwin Enrile, and Science and Technology Secretary Mario Montejo at the New World Manila Bay Hotel. The IRR was signed almost three years after RA 10175 was enacted on September 12,2012. You may download the full text of the IRR below. RA 10175 IRR Read more about the Litigation practice at Disini & Disini Law Office Read more about the Technology and Telecommunications practice at Disini & Disini Law Office

Innovating Digital Citizenship:  A Study on the Estonian E-Residency Project

Innovating Digital Citizenship:  A Study on the Estonian E-Residency Project

The Philippines is one of the world’s leaders in social media use and one of the top Business Process Outsourcing (“BPO”) destinations in the world. Over the past decade, our information Technology Outsourcing (“ITO-BPO”) industry had posted double-digit growth in revenues. In 2015, the Philippines will be part of a single, integrated ASEAN Economic Community—one with a market of over 600 million people. This gives the Philippines an opportunity to build on its strengths and establish a reputation as the premiere e-commerce hub of ASEAN. To achieve this goal, it would be interesting to observe one of the recent innovative developments […]

A Win for ICT: Towards a Department of Information and Communications Technology

A Win for ICT: Towards a Department of Information and Communications Technology

The creation of a Department of Information and Communications Technology (“DICT”) is perceived to be the next logical step pushed by various organizations and sectors in response to other government initiatives to centralize Information and Communications Technology (“ICT”) related initiatives. These government initiatives started in 2004, when President Arroyo issued EO 269 which created the Commission of Information and Communications Technology (“CICT”), composed of the National Computer Center, the Telecommunications Office, and other offices of the Department of Transportation and Communications (“DOTC”), with the National Telecommunications Commission, and the Philippine Postal Corporation as attached agencies. In 2011, President Aquino issued […]

Facebook and the Expectation of Privacy

Facebook and the Expectation of Privacy

An Analysis of Vivares v STC In 2012, news came out involving the case of students who were not able to attend their high school commencement exercises after the school found out that photos where they were wearing bikinis and drinking alcohol were posted on Facebook. Aggrieved, the parents of the children filed a petition for a writ of habeas data which the Regional Trial Court (RTC) dismissed in July 2012. Two years hence, the Supreme Court (Court) affirmed the decision of the RTC and found that there is no violation of the privacy rights of the minors. The facts, […]

Informational Privacy in the Age of Facebook

Informational Privacy in the Age of Facebook

On September 29, 2014, the Supreme Court in Vivares v St. Theresa’s College rendered a decision laying down the rules on the extent to which social media users can have a reasonable expectation of privacy when using social networking sites. The case involved two minors who were graduating high school students of St. Theresa’s College (STC), who in 2012 took photos of themselves wearing only their underwear as they were changing into their swimsuits for a beach party. Other photos taken showed the girls smoking cigarettes and drinking hard liquor while another shows the girls wearing clothes that completely revealed […]

BUILDING LINKS FOR AN IT EMPOWERED CITIZENRY

BUILDING LINKS FOR AN IT EMPOWERED CITIZENRY

Welcome, Reader! We are Disini & Disini Law Office (D&D), one of the leading law-firms in the Information Technology (IT) and Electronic-commerce (E-commerce) practice in the Philippines. D&D was founded in 2000 and offers a full-range of legal support services to a wide range of clients—from start-ups to established companies. In 2014, we re-launched our website with a new look to make news and information about our firm more accessible to our clients and other casual online visitors. As a firm, we have a vision that we, as a people, can harness information available through the internet to bridge the gaps where there may be […]

Philippines Passes Free Mobile Disaster Alerts Act

Philippines Passes Free Mobile Disaster Alerts Act

Update Last June 20, 2014, President Aquino signed into law Republic Act No. 10639 otherwise known as the Free Mobile Disaster Alerts Act. Behind the enactment of this law is the State policy of protecting its citizenry in the event of natural or man-made disasters and calamities. The main thrust of the law is to require mobile phone service provider or telecommunication companies to send out alerts in the event of an impending tropical storm, typhoon, tsunami or other calamity. The said alerts shall be sent directly to mobile phone subscribers who are located near and within the affected areas […]

GMA News Interviews Atty. Disini on Internet Law Issues

GMA News Interviews Atty. Disini on Internet Law Issues

Tackling the prevalence of online activies, GMA TV program “News to Go” recently featured Atty. JJ Disini as expert guest on Internet Law. Hosted by Howie Severino, the interview focused on Philippine legal dilemmas spurred by technological developments, such as the Internet. Atty. Disini emphasized that cyber- crimes, both of unauthorized access and authorized access, are punishable under the E-Commerce Act. He noted that violations can still occur even where access is allowed as in the case of employees. The most common cyber crimes were also discussed. Atty. Disini first cited the widespread practice of sharing and downloading files, which […]

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