Jakarta ● Fri, September 23 2022
The newly passed privacy law has been widely lauded as a step forward in protecting personal data in a country facing emerging cybersecurity threats. But critics said that a lack of clarity surrounding the institutional design of the oversight agency and vague provisions on what constitutes a crime might lead to government overreach and overcriminalization.
The Personal Data Protection Law gives people the right to know what information data controllers and processors – whether public or private – are collecting about them, why they are collecting that data and with whom they are sharing it. Data handlers must ensure the rights of data subjects and the security of their data, including by setting up firewalls and encryption systems. They will have two years to comply and build the system. And those that breach rules on distributing or gathering personal data may face administrative fines of up to 2 percent of their annual revenue or have their operation suspended by a data protection oversight agency.
The law also regulates criminal penalties, including prison time and fines, for any individuals and companies that are found guilty by a court of collecting, using, selling or publicizing personal data by illegal means.
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