In principle, the MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) with financial institutions is safe because it was recommended by the OJK
Jakarta (ANTARA) - People's data used by private financial institutions that have cooperated with his ministry will be secure because the institutions are under the supervision of the Financial Services Authority (OJK), Home Minister Tjahjo Kumolo has asserted. "In principle, the MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) with financial institutions is safe because it was recommended by the OJK," Tjahjo said in a statement received by Antara here Monday.

In addition to being supervised by the OJK, the clause on cooperation between the Ministry of Home Affairs and non-government financing institutions also contains provisions not to disseminate people's data without the permission of the ministry or the National Police, Tjahjo added.

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"The data incorporated in the MoU with banking institutions, BPR (rural bank) and other private institutions, can all be accounted for," he added.

Previously, the collaboration between the Directorate General of Population and Civil Registration of the Ministry of Home Affairs and thousands of private financial and financing institutions was criticized for the possibility of data leakage.

The concern arose because of the numerous credit and loan offers appearing via telephone and random short messages. Until now, the ministry has recorded that at least 1,227 institutions, both government and private, can access data on Indonesian citizenship.

Even though there had been cooperation, private institutions still had to ask permission from the ministry to access the people's data, Tjahjo stressed.

"Just to make sure, there would not be any fraud, any abuse. Even though there has been cooperation, they must get permission to access the data," he said.

Although there is no strict sanction for the institution leaking the people's data, the protection of people's data is regulated in Law Number 24 of 2013 concerning Population Administration and in the Minister of Home Affairs Regulation Number 61 of 2015. (INE)


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