The government wants the Supreme Court to keep the provision about the real-time collection of traffic data in the CyberCrime Prevention Act of 2012. The office of the Solicitor General says this is the “heart” of the controversial law.
Section 12 of the law allows authorities to conduct warrantless real-time collection of traffic data. Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza said it is an investigative tool that makes tracing, tracking, and arresting hackers more efficient. To quell fears that the law could be used to violate the privacy of innocent people, Jardeleza said authorities will only be collecting traffic data on those who are suspected of committing cyber crimes.
Read more about the Cybercrime Law on Rappler.