The Supreme Court has indefinitely extended the temporary restraining order (TRO) against the implementation of Republic Act 10175, also known as the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, reports.

The TRO was issued on October 9 after 15 petitions were filed contesting the constitutionality of the law. It was to last for 120 days, and was supposed to end on February 5.

In a separate article from, Solicitor-General Francis Jardeleza was reported to have pointed out that Section 19, the provision that will allow the Department of Justice to block and restrict a website without a court warrant, is unconstitutional.

Jardeleza also said that Section 12, which will give government authorities the power to collect traffic data, is likewise “barely constitutional” as the definition of traffic data was not clearly explained.

Senator Edgardo Angara, the author of the Cybercrime Law, had accepted the extension of the TRO. “That’s good because the next Congress will have time to revise and see what needs to be refined and changed in the cybercrime law,” he was quoted by as saying in another article.

(Photo by Michael Coghlan via Flickr Creative Commons)

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