Representative Terry Ridon of Kabataan Partylist questioned an issue in leu to the Supreme Court’s decision based on photos of highschool students studying at St. Theresa's College (STC) Cebu that were posted on Facebook.
Ridon asked the validity of photos and statements posted online as admissible evidence. He further said that the SC had just ended the freedom in cyberspace. Because of the decision in the case of the STC and the students, many might also use the posted electronic data against a person such as in a workplace environment. He also said that rant and posts on social media must not be an evidence of a person’s behavior and character for disciplinary proceedings.
The High Court stood by their decision saying that the disciplinary actions STC was specifically stated in the student handbook and there had been no breech in the privacy of the students involved.
The photos posted on Facebook show the two high school students of STC drinking in a bar and on posing in a street wearing bikinis. Based on theses photos, the administration of STC decided to ban the students from their graduation march on 2012. Parents had filed a case against the school saying that it is a violation of the privacy of the students.
The students said that they had posted the photos under a setting that only their friends on Facebook could see them. On the other hand, the administration claims that the photos was only given to them as an evidence.
Experts say that the security settings on various social media such Facebook is only superficial. Once it is uploaded in the cyberspace, it will be open for the interpretation of anyone who could see. Furthermore, those who could see the photos on Facebook can easily copy, download or share them. Reference: interaksyon