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Govt calls on foreign OTT content providers to obey law

  • Anton Hermansyah
    Anton Hermansyah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, April 1, 2016   /  04:05 pm
Govt calls on foreign OTT content providers to obey law Communications and Information Minister Rudiantara addresses a press conference in Jakarta on March 15 to confirm that the government would not block ride-hailing applications. The ministry has issued a warning letter informing foreign over-the-top (OTT) content providers that they must form legal business entities in Indonesia. (ANTARA FOTO/Rosa Panggabean)

The Communications and Information Ministry has issued a letter warning foreign over-the-top (OTT) content providers--such as messaging services, social media, games, video streaming sites and data cloud services--that they need to form legal business entities in Indonesia.

The ministry also urged OTT providers to implement content filtering, use the national payment gateway and provide access for legal tapping.

"Right now it is merely a warning. We need to give them time to prepare before issuing a binding rule. Soon we will talk to the related ministries and launch a public assessment," the ministry's public relations head Ismail Cawidu told thejakartapost.com in Jakarta on Friday.

OTT providers are obliged to use Indonesian internet protocols (IP) and issue user guides in Indonesian. They are prohibited from publishing forbidden contents such as pornography, hate speech, material that violates intellectual rights or anything that may spark conflicts in Indonesia.

When asked when the binding rule would be issued, Ismail declined to give an exact date, saying only that the public assessment would be this month. "Soon. I cannot say exactly when the public assessment will be held, but hopefully in April," Ismail said. (ags)

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