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Data protection: Indonesia can learn from EU

Data protection: Indonesia can learn from EU The right to privacy and to personal data protection is not a luxury for rich countries. (Shutterstock/File)
Vincent Guérend
Jakarta   ●   Fri, June 22, 2018

The recent Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal has made us realize again how important strong data protection rules are for our society, including the very functioning of the democratic process.

Such developments show that the protection of privacy is crucial as a core individual right and democratic imperative — and as an economic necessity. Without citizen trust in the way their data is handled, our democracies are endangered and our data-driven economies will not thrive.

You have probably received many e-mails in the last few weeks seeking your consent to be kept in mailing lists from publications, hotels, airlines, banks, etc. This is the result of the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which entered into force on 25 May.

The GDPR seeks to create a virtuous circle of better protection of privacy as a fundamental right, en...

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Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not reflect the official stance of The Jakarta Post.