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Govt to set up independent body to protect personal data

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Jakarta   /   Thu, May 23, 2019   /  07:34 am
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The government may form an independent privacy commission in relation to a draft personal data protection bill that has been in the works at the Communications and Information Ministry since 2015.(Shutterstock.com/Boiko Y)

The government may form an independent privacy commission in relation to a draft personal data protection bill that has been in the works at the Communications and Information Ministry since 2015. The bill is intended to create consolidated legislation for data protection, as it is currently mentioned in 32 different laws--including the 2016 Electronic Information and Transactions (ITE) Law. Personal data protection is only specifically governed under Communications and Information Ministerial Regulation No. 20/2016, which is deemed inadequate amid the increasing use of personal data by digital companies. The ministry’s information applications director general, Semuel Abrijani Pangerapan, said the independent agency would supervise the application of personal data protection law and would function similarly to the European Union's data protection authorities. "Th...