Menkominfo Ask WhatsApp to Comply with Rules in Indonesia

Tuesday, 12 January 2021 – 14:22 WIB

Menkominfo Jhonny G Plate. Photo: Ricardo, JAKARTA – The Ministry of Communication and Informatics has asked WhatsApp to follow the existing regulations in Indonesia regarding the processing of users’ personal data.

This was conveyed by the Minister of Communication and Information, Johnny G. Plate, to the Asia Pacific regional WhatsApp / Facebook representative in a discussion regarding privacy policy updates, in Jakarta.

“This shows that the public is increasingly aware of the importance of protecting personal data in the use of informatics applications,” said Johnny G. Plate, in a press statement, Tuesday.

The Ministry of Communication and Information requests information from WhatsApp and Facebook regarding the basis for processing personal data, mechanisms for users to exercise their rights such as withdrawing consent and several other matters of public concern.

WhatsApp is asked to process user personal data in accordance with applicable regulations in Indonesia, and provides a consent form for processing personal data in Indonesian.

WhatsApp and Facebook are also asked to register an electronic system, guarantee the fulfillment of the rights of the owner of personal data and fulfill other obligations stipulated in Indonesian law.

Meanwhile, for the public, Johnny urges to be more careful in using online services, especially now that there are many options for using social media platforms.

“By always reading the privacy policy and terms and conditions document before using a service and giving consent to the use of personal data,” he added.

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