Electronic Transaction Law

The Electronic Commerce Act 2000, is based on the UNCITRAL Model Law of Electronic Commerce (1996).  It provides that no electronic document or message shall be denied legal effect because it is in electronic for and it does not discriminate between different types of technology.  The Act extends to electronic data messages and documents created for both commercial and non-commercial purposes.

The implementing Rules and Regulations of the Electronic Commerce Act 2000 provide extra clarification and further information on a number of key aspects of the Act.  The Act also sets out legal rules for the admissibility of electronic documents or messages into evidence, the onus of proof of providing an electronic document has not been tampered with, and other procedural matters relating to using electronic data as evidence.

The Supreme Court of the Philippines promulgated the Rules of Electronic Evidence in 2001, paving the way for the speedy trial of the violators of this Act.

The Philippines has signed but not yet ratified the United Nations Convention on the Use of Electronic Communications in International Contracts (2005).