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Jakarta Post

IT experts welcome QR code tracking of foreigners

  • Ghina Ghaliya

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Thu, July 16 2020   /  01:00 am
Two expatriate tourists crossed the Thamrin road in front of the Bank Indonesia building, Jakarta, Thursday, July 6, 2009. (JP/Jerry Adiguna)

Information Technology and cybersecurity experts welcome the idea of establishing a surveillance system on foreigners, but at the same time recommend exercising caution on its implementation over privacy concerns. IT security specialist Alfons Tanujaya said attaching a QR Code to foreigners' passports or visas was positive if it was meant to protect them while in Indonesia. “It can be useful for foreigners if they are in a situation that threatens their safety. The authorities could quickly reach them [...] they will be more secure when such situations occur," Alfons told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday. He was referring to a plan by the Immigration Directorate General to launch a surveillance system to track foreigners in Indonesia. The directorate general is waiting for President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s approval for its implementation. Alfo...