Technology and Telecommunications

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 […]

BIR Expands Electronic Filing Coverage

BIR Expands Electronic Filing Coverage

Update Under Revenue Regulation No. 1-2010, the taxing authority expands the scope of taxpayers required to file returns and pay taxes through the Electronic Filing and Payment System (EFPS). For full text of the issuance, click here. Read more about the Corporate Services practice at Disini & Disini Law Office Read more about the Technology and Telecommunications practice at Disini & Disini Law Office

Read more about the Technology and Telecommunications practice at Disini & Disini Law Office