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Indonesia passes the much-awaited Data Protection Bill

Indonesia passes the much-awaited Data Protection Bill

Users are entitled to compensation for data breaches

The Indonesian Parliament on Tuesday passed the data protection bill into law. The bill includes corporate fines and up to six years of imprisonment for those found to have mishandled data. This came into place after several data leaks and probes into alleged breaches at government firms and institutions in Indonesia. The lawmakers overwhelmingly approved the bill, which authorizes the president to form an oversight body to fine data handlers for breaching rules on distributing or gathering personal data.

The biggest fine is 2% of a corporation's annual revenue and could see its assets confiscated or auctioned off. The law includes a two-year "adjustment" period but does not elaborate on how the violations would be addressed during that phase. The legislation stipulates that individuals can be imprisoned 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. Communications minister, Johnny G. Plate, said the bill's passage "marks a new era in the management of personal data in Indonesia, especially on the digital front."

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