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Jokowi asserts need to protect privacy

  • Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, August 20 2019   /  12:35 am

Streaming video platform Netflix launched in late July The Great Hack, a documentary on the dire state of privacy in the United States and Europe, where people spend much of their time online and volunteer countless nuggets of exploitable information. The two-hour movie’s conclusion is terrifying: Big business and politics have been mass-mining users’ everyday data, ranging from Facebook “likes” to online subscriptions, for profit and power.It ends by calling personal data “the world’s most valuable asset [...] surpassing oil”.Fast-forward three weeks and it appears that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, or at least his speech-writers, have watched the documentary, as the President asserts the importance of personal data protection in his State of the Nation address before members of all branches of government —the executive, the legislature and the judiciary.The annual...