JAKARTA, Dec.20 (JDN.id) – Indonesia, the world’s fourth largest populous country that host more than 260 million people, has been working to fix compiling its citizen personal data which is related with economic indicator.
Considering many Indonesians are lack of knowledge on the importance to register their personal data to the relevant authorities, the government through the Home Affairs Ministry that is supported by sufficient laws has launched a movement called ‘Indonesian’s Awareness of Population Administration Movement’ or GIZA to raise public concern on the issue.
One of GIZA events was held in Jakarta on Wednesday with the Community Economic Empowerment Organization (LPER) and the Home Affairs Ministry’s population and civil registration unit (Dukcapil) as co-hosts of Kongkow Smart Citizen under the theme of the urgent of registering personal record in digital era.
The movement was kicked off in February this year by the ministry through its directorate general of Dukcapil.
I Gede Suratha, secretary of the General Directorate of Dukcapil said many Indonesians do not realize the importance of upgrading or registering their personal data to the government that has been trying to compile them in a big data system and synchronize with data from related institutions such as from banking industry and social security funds.
The authorities have been trying hard to protect and ensuring the security of personal data that have been registered especially in the digital era where such kind of information could be stolen for criminal purposes.
“Draft of law on personal data protection has been pushing by related stakeholders to be finalized immediately,” Donny Budi Utomo from the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Watch, told the forum, adding that the process is now at the Justice and Human Rights Ministry.
He said the law is urgent as well as the socialization to public to aware about the necessity to register their personal data and upgrade them to the government system.
“We put our data to be managed for the sake of the prosperity of the people of Indonesia,” he said.
The Financial Service Authority (OJK) without the presence of the sufficient laws, has been trying to protect the security of data of banks’ customers by using its existing regulations.
“It is undeniable that the financial services, in particular in banking sector, has been directed to digital finance. The protection of customers’ personal data must be guaranteed by banks. We (OJK) have ordered (banks) to maintain the confidentiality of those data,” Imal Fiscallutfi, director of bank supervision at the OJK said.
Public also must aware that they also have responsibility to protect their personal data.
“I hope that the people of Indonesia become smart citizens…make sure to protect its confidentiality, do not share them on your social media accounts,” Reisa Broto Asmoro, a smart citizen and an Indonesian influencer said.
Daniel Oscar Baskoro, a young researcher on computer science who is now working with the United Nations Pulse Lab Jakarta, encouraged citizen to be smart in using their personal data for online activities and always considering the security of those information.
“Personal data of citizens are not only on the hands of the state (authorities), but also with non-state parties,” he warned that probably the data are secured with the government but not to non-government side.
Not only awareness to register personal data to the state authorities is important but also about privacy of those information is needed to be ensured.
To overcome the lack of awareness to register personal data among Indonesians, directorate general of Dukcapil has been working closely with schools across Indonesia to register their students’ personal data when they are at the age of 15 and their official electronic identity cards will be delivered when they reach age 17, Suratha explained.
For those who wants to create multi identities, Suratha warned them, saying: “biometric data cannot be doubled”.
He said for those who gets identity card with incorrect information can contact Dukcapil call center at number 15-00-537.
The event was opened by Dukcapil director Zudan Arif Fakrulloh after a welcoming speech from the chairwoman of the organizer Liza Tanari.
JDN.id is media partner of the event.