Thursday, 12 December 2019

Ministry Opens Hot Line to Report Sales of Personal Data

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Laila Afifa

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    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Home Affairs Ministry has opened a call center service to report sales of personal data. Ministry official asks the public to report the crime upon discovering it.

    "Report it to us at the Dukcapil call center at 1500 537. We will follow up immediately," the ministry's Director-General for Population and Civil Registry (Dukcapil), Zudan Arif Fakhrulloh, said on Thursday, August 1.

    A while ago, a man named Hendra Hendrawan revealed that there are practices of trading data. The Southeast Asia Freedom of Expression Network (SAFEnet) lauded Hendra's act.

    "This is a good moment for all of us. The public out there knows that we are haunted by organized crime syndicates," SAFEnet executive director Damar Juniarto said in.

    According to Damar, it is necessary to educate the public and raise awareness about data privacy. He hopes that the Dukcapil can play an active role in providing a forum for the public to file reports and complaints about the crime, so that the police can immediately act upon the reports.  

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