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Jakarta Post

New ITE law: New hope or new fear for democracy?

  • Fiona Suwana

Jakarta   /   Sat, November 19 2016   /  09:49 am

The rise in the number of criminal charges laid using Law No. 11/2008 on Electronic Information and Transactions (the ITE Law) has caused pressure to mount from activists, academics, practitioners and policymakers for the law to be revised, which was finally realized last month.

However, the revision has sparked disappointment in the public, with several articles becoming a cause for concern.

First, the point of “the right to be forgotten (RTBF)” has been added into the new law in Article 26.

This point is still being debated in the world in terms of privacy and freedom of access.

Internet researcher Evgeny Morozov stated in 2012 that RTBF is “so ambiguous that even its proponents cannot often define what it is”.

This new article begs big questions for all of us, such as: Has Indonesia already found a concrete definition of the right to delet...