Incoming Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) chief Ivan John Uy is wanting to establish a “better digital police or a digital NBI” in a bid to clamp down on cyber criminals.

The push to bolster the country’s “digital police,” according to Uy, comes following a widespread case of online scamming in the country.

The up-and-coming DICT secretary, in particular, is suggesting a joint effort of three agencies within DICT, namely the National Privacy Commission, the Cybercrime Investigation Coordinating Center, and the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC).

In a recently-held public hearing, Uy raises how perpetrators have learned to exploit the digital space to cheat their unwitting victims and even commit crimes of other nature.


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To achieve the goal, he urges the further training of law enforcement agencies on the subject of digital fraud.

Aside from providing the right know-how on the field, Uy also highlights the importance of finding the right people for the job.

Per TransUnion’s Global Consumer Pulse study, there had been an increase in digital fraud cases in the country during the pandemic, specifically targeting businesses and consumers.

Source: One News

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