DSLaw Data Privacy Law Series

WHAT CAN I DO WHEN MY IDENTITY IS BEING USED BY ANOTHER IN FACEBOOK? [Understanding the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012]

You are one of the few persons who do not believe in social media. One day, a friend calls you and tells you how excited she was upon seeing your profile in Facebook. Allegedly, you have been reconnecting with your network and asking them to invest money on your new business. This is where the crucial confusion begins.What happened in this scenario is a classic identity theft.

Under Republic Act No. 10175, otherwise known as the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, ‘Computer-related Identity Theft’ is the intentional acquisition, use, misuse, transfer, possession, alteration or deletion of identifying information belonging to another without right.[1] Under the said law, it is punishable by imprisonment or a fine.

The law further provides:       

“All crimes defined and penalized by the Revised Penal Code, as amended, and special laws, if committed by, through and with the use of information and communications technologies shall be covered by the relevant provisions of this Act.”[2]

Identity theft should be acted upon shortly to prevent further damage on your person.


[1] Republic Act No. 10175, sec. 4, (2012).

[2] Republic Act No. 10175, sec. 6, (2012).


How Can We Help?

In this age of advanced information and communication technology, identity theft is prevalent.[1]

Our lawyers at Delloro Saulog Law Offices can help you protect your identity. Through the mechanisms provided by the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, let us stop the illegal assumption of your name and identity, and any illegal act the perpetrator may carry out from it.

For more information on how we can help you prevent identity theft, book a consultation with us below.


[1] Republic v. Sereno, G.R. No. 237428, (2018).

For more information on how we can help you, book a consultation with us below.



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