Ubud, Bali (ANTARA News) - Communication and Informatics Minister Rudiantara assessed that ASEAN cybersecurity was among important issues to be discussed at the Telecommunications and Information Technology Senior Officials Meeting (TELSOM) and ASEAN Telecommunications and Information Technology Ministers Meeting (TELMIN).

"Especially regarding cybersecurity, all 10 ASEAN countries have agreed that it was a serious challenge for which a solution was needed soon," Ridiantara remarked here on Wednesday.

At the 2018 TELSOM TELMIN event in Ubud, Bali, the communication and informatics minister pointed to no protocol in force in the ASEAN.

For instance, he inquired on what protocol should a nation follow if its neighbor were to be hit by a cyberattack, whether it should remain a mere spectator or participate in helping find a solution.

"The protocol must be readied immediately," the minister emphasized.

In addition to cybersecurity issues, Indonesia highlighted the matter of protecting personal data, as it is related to the digital economy ecosystem.

This year, the European Union has applied data protection laws of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Responding to a query on when ASEAN will have a similar policy, Rudiantara opined that each member country needs to have a personal data protection law before being brought to the regional level.

He expressed concern over the fact that it will be difficult to follow regional regulations if the state does not have regulations on the protection of personal data.

Indonesia will only discuss the personal data protection policy next year and has entered the National Legislation Program (Prolegnas).

According to Rudiantara, GDPR is a reference for regulations in Indonesia. He has also studied rules in other countries.

One of the concepts highlighted by Rudiantara`s GDPR is "consent," or agreement from parties, service providers, and consumers.

"GDPR is more about `consent.` Hence, we will use it as a reference. We also learn from other countries about existing data protection regulations," he stated.

Reporting by Natisha Andarningtyas, Otniel Tamindael

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