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Jakarta Post

House, govt remain at odds over data protection bill

  • Marchio Irfan Gorbiano


Jakarta   /   Wed, April 7 2021   /  01:00 am
Indonesia has yet to join the club of nations from Brazil to China and India that have issued stringent regulations on personal data protection, modeled on the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which protects citizens from privacy and data breaches regardless of where the data is processed and which recognizes citizens’ “right to be forgotten”, so users can ask for data erasure and delisting from digital platforms and search engines.(Shutterstock/PopTika)

Lawmakers are pushing to pass a long-anticipated law on data protection by June, despite persistent disagreements on key points and an upcoming recess that will cut deliberations short. The personal data protection bill, which has been in the works since 2014 and was put forward for passage by the Communications and Information Ministry, has become more pressing as the COVID-19 pandemic drives unprecedented levels of online activity. Data privacy advocates have urged Indonesia to set up its own data protection framework, as simply having an email account can expose an internet user to cybercrime. But differences in opinion between the government and legislators were still apparent on Tuesday, weeks before the House of Representatives goes into recess. The main point of contention continues to be the design of a planned data protection agency. The government has proposed th...