The Jakarta Post
Communications and Information Minister Rudiantara has said the Electronic Information and Transactions (ITE) Law is the first law in the field of information technology (IT) and electronic transactions.
It has become a pioneer for management and protection in the use of IT and carrying out electronic transactions, he further says.
“The government took the initiative to make minor changes deemed necessary and relevant because of pro and cons in the implementation of several articles in the law,” Rudiantara said.
He was speaking on behalf of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo in regard to the draft revised 2008 ITE Law released prior to a plenary meeting at the House of Representatives on Thursday. In the meeting, House lawmakers agreed to pass the draft revision into law.
There are seven changes in the revised 2008 ITE Law, one of which is the inclusion of additional explanations to avoid multi-interpretations of Article 27 (3), which stipulates criminal punishment for a person found guilty of distributing, transmitting and/or making electronic information containing libel accessible to the public.
In the revised law, the online defamation article carries a maximum sentence of six years in prison, from the previous four years, and Rp 750 million (US$ 57,515) in fines, from the previous Rp 1 billion.
The revised law also adopts “the right to be forgotten”, stipulated in Article 26. “Every electronic system organizer is now required to delete electronic information deemed no longer relevant by someone, who requests the deletion based on a court ruling,” said Rudiantara. (ebf)
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