DICT Set To Create Task Force and Complaint Center vs Illegal Sites and Text Scams

The DICT is set to create a task force and a complaint center for illegal sites and text scams.

DICT — The Department of Information and Communications Technology is set to create a task force and a complaint center for illegal sites and text scams.

DICT Secretary Ivan Uy
Photo source: GMA News Online

On Sunday, DICT Secretary Ivan Uy underscored the need to intensify their crackdown on cybercrimes during an interview on Super Radyo dzBB.

Uy noted that they have tasked their field personnel to investigate and report the continued operation of online sabong (online cockfighting) websites immediately.

According to him, they are looking into what other modes are being used to continue the online sabong operation.

Dahil sa order na pagpapatigil sa online sabong… hinahabol na natin kung anong mode ang ginagamit para maipagpatuloy ang operasyon nito… We will set-up a task force to monitor ‘yung mga illegal na gumagamit ng ating teknolohiya,” he said.

online sabong
Photo source: Manila Bulletin

Uy also said that they will establish a central complaint center wherein complaints against text scams can be consolidated. He noted that it would be a big help if the proposed SIM Card registration Act could be passed into law by the 19th Congress.

To recall, former President Rodrigo Duterte vetoed the proposed bill which seeks the mandatory registration of all social media accounts and SIM cards.

READ ALSO: President Duterte Vetoes Proposed SIM Card Registration Act

The DICT chief also disclosed that they’re planning to launch a call center that will receive complaints related to the services of telecommunication companies.

“Gagawa tayo ng public score card… every month maglalabas tayo ng assessment sa performance ng telcos para mapilitan sila na ayusin o bantayan ang kanilang serbisyo,” he said.

Based on a report on GMA News Online, the DICT chief admitted that it would be difficult to arrest perpetrators as it could be viewed as curtailing freedom of expression.

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