Independent PDP authority needed for Indonesia's presidency at G20

Independent PDP authority needed  for Indonesia's presidency at G20

Illustration of personal data protection. (ANTARA/Pixabay).

The PDP Bill in Indonesia, until now, aims to regulate the collection and control of people's personal data, both in the public and private sector. Hence, she deems it more appropriate if the PDP authority were to function independently.
Jakarta (ANTARA) - Member of Commission I of the House of Representatives (DPR) Christina Aryani believes that Indonesia needs an independent authority for Personal Data Protection (PDP) to support its presidency at the G20.

"In the absence of a quality approach, doubts will be cast by other countries over Indonesia's capabilities," Aryani stated during an Instagram live broadcast titled "Personal Data Protection Bill" here on Wednesday.

The House's Commission I member also stressed that personal data protection will be discussed at the G20.

According to Aryani, the difference in the approach was the independent status of the PDP authority. Other countries, apart from Singapore, had separate authorities to ensure the protection of their people's personal data.

"It is only since the regulation in Singapore aims to monitor the private sectors," she remarked.

The PDP Bill in Indonesia, until now, aims to regulate the collection and control of people's personal data, both in the public and private sector. Hence, she deems it more appropriate if the PDP authority were to function independently.

However, Aryani cautioned that the existence of an independent authority will make it difficult for Indonesia to cooperate with other countries related to data protection. This is due to differences in the status of the agency as compared to data protection authorities in other countries.

"This is because our authority is not at par (equivalent) to them, so we cannot cooperate with other data protection authorities abroad," she pointed out.

Based on the statement, Aryani highlighted the significance of the government agreeing to the establishment of an independent PDP authority, especially to ensure that the PDP law can run optimally, at the levels of domestic and international cooperation.

The PDP bill has until now only been discussed on account of the differences in opinion between the House and the government.

The House is keen that the PDP authority be independent, while the government deems it better that the agency be under the Ministry of Communication and Informatics. 

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