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Jakarta Post

Ministry encourages use of digital signatures

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Yogyakarta   /   Mon, November 14, 2016   /  08:36 pm
Ministry encourages use of digital signatures Hands write a digital signature on a tablet. (Shutterstock/File)

The Communications and Information Ministry is encouraging people to have digital signatures as a protection for all electronic transactions.

“We have been relying on barcodes or QR codes, user names, passwords and tokens, but those things have not given us a legal insurance because they cannot give integrity assurance for documents and electronic transactions,” Herry Abdul Aziz, an expert on technology at the ministry said in a workshop in Yogyakarta on Monday.

Herry said digital signatures would give a legal guarantee equal to handwritten signatures. Digital signatures would also encourage a paperless system.
He said to implement digital signatures, the government would prepare a regulation and rigid standards for operating procedures.

“If the usage of digital signatures is not spread well across Indonesia, the people would find it difficult to use them,” he said as quoted by Antara news agency.

He said the registration, verification and release of digital signatures for people would be facilitated by a platform, the Online Verification System (SiVION), which could be accessed through

Riki Arif Gunawan, the head of the information technology security subdirectorate at the ministry, said the implementation of digital signatures had been regulated in the law on information and electronic transactions.

“The obstacle is the low awareness among the people. The legal basis has been available,” he said. (evi)

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