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Data protection bill: Lawmakers, activists warn of abuse of power

  • Ghina Ghaliya
    Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Fri, February 28, 2020   /  06:39 am
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The government and the House of Representatives have begun the deliberation of the long-awaited personal data protection bill. The proposed bill looks to create a comprehensive regulatory framework to ensure the safety of private data, but critics warn of the potential for abuse of power. The bill, drafted by the government, is in the spotlight for a failure to regulate equal sanctions for personal data misuse conducted by the government, private sector and the public. The government has also failed to include clear provisions on the establishment of an independent data protection authority to monitor and analyze the use of personal data in the proposed bill, disappointing lawmakers in the House’s Commission I overseeing defense, foreign affairs, information and intelligence. "In the bill submitted to the House, the government did not include provisions [regarding the...