ANN/THE STRAITS TIMES – Indonesia’s Parliament passed into law yesterday a personal data protection bill that includes corporate fines and up to six years imprisonment for those found to have mishandled data in the world’s fourth most populous country.
The bill’s passage comes after a series of data leaks and probes into alleged breaches at government firms and institutions in Indonesia, from a state insurer, telecoms company and public utility to a contact-tracing COVID-19 app that revealed President Joko Widodo’s vaccine records.
Lawmakers overwhelmingly approved the bill, which authorises the president to form an oversight body to fine data handlers for breaching rules on distributing or gathering personal data.
The biggest fine is two per cent of a corporation’s annual revenue and could see their assets confiscated or auctioned off.
The legislation stipulates that individuals can be jailed for up to six years for falsifying personal data for personal gain or up to five years for gathering personal data illegally.
Users are entitled to compensation for data breaches and can withdraw consent to use their data.
Abdul Kharis Almasyhari, a member of the commission overseeing the law, said it would mean the state was ensuring protection of the personal data of its people.
Communications Minister Johnny Plate said the bill’s passage “marks a new era in the management of personal data in Indonesia, especially on the digital front”.