Kominfo Preps Draft Bill on Personal Data Protection
TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Communication and Information (Kominfo) Ministry has finished the draft bill on personal data protection. According to the Indonesian Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (BRTI), buying and selling personal data practices are a violation against the law with charges of criminal penalties and fine.
“Several cases on the matter have been reported to law enforcers by the Ministry’s Directorate General of Applications and Information, and those cases are currently on the prosecution process,” said BRTI head Ismail in a written statement, Friday, May 17.
Ismail conveyed the statement in response to media reports on alleged trade of personal data on e-commerce platforms.
BRTI and the ministry then demanded providers of e-commerce and social media platforms take down promotions, advertisements, and stalls practicing personal data trade.
Besides personal data safety, the decree also manages sensitive data or personal data that require special protection, such as data on religion or faith, health, physical and mental condition, sexual condition, personal finance, and other sensitive data.
Kominfo Ministry's director general for resources and postal and information devices added that the law on personal data protection would furnish better security on private data and avert data manipulation.
The draft bill is currently in the State Secretariat and will be submitted to the House of Representatives for further discussions and immediate ratification.