Police Investigate Personal Data Trading on Social Media

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  • Personnel of the Population and Civil Registry Agency of Tasikmalaya regency are about to burn e-ID cards at the regency's regional secretary office in Tasikmalaya, West Java, Monday, December 17, 2018. The burning is aimed at preventing the possible misuse of e-ID cards as, according to their data, some 10,000 residents in the regency have yet to arrange for their e-ID cards. ANTARA

    Personnel of the Population and Civil Registry Agency of Tasikmalaya regency are about to burn e-ID cards at the regency's regional secretary office in Tasikmalaya, West Java, Monday, December 17, 2018. The burning is aimed at preventing the possible misuse of e-ID cards as, according to their data, some 10,000 residents in the regency have yet to arrange for their e-ID cards. ANTARA

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The National Police's cybercrime directorate is investigating alleged personal data trading, such as e-ID Number and Family Card Number (KK), on social media. National Police spokesperson Brig. Gen. Dedi Prasetyo said he would communicate with the Home Affairs Ministry should there be any legal violation.

    “We are still examining this. If the owner of the accounts has been identified and is proved to have accessed others' data illegally, we will contact the ministry's Directorate General of Population and Civil Registration,” said Dedi at his office, South Jakarta, Monday, July 29.

    However, Dedi mentioned that the police had yet to receive any public report regarding the transaction of NIK and KK data.

    The issue of selling and buying practices of NIK and KK was first revealed by Samuel Christian on his Twitter account @hendralm. His post seized the public spotlight and had been retweeted thousands of times.

    “There are apparently people who trade NIK and KK data. Even some of them collect millions of data. This is insane,” Samuel tweeted.

    He also attached a screenshot photo of a Facebook conversation about offerings of personal data trading from a private data collection. Moreover, he revealed some people possessed the data of NIK and KK of a regency and used them to register to Pay Later, an online credit system via mobile sans credit card.

    ANDITA RAHMA