Jakarta (ANTARA) - Head of the National Consumer Protection Agency (BPKN), Rizal E. Halim, has highlighted the importance of digital literacy in protecting people from digital risks.

"There is no other way than for the government, industries, and all elements of the community to maintain literacy," he said during the virtual Indonesia Financial Literacy Conference on Friday.

Providing an example, he said that one of the risks in the digital space that individuals may experience is when they open a new social media account.

Upon finishing the account registration process, people are asked to read the applicable terms and conditions, especially regarding data that can be accessed by the platform. However, they often skip reading these and immediately give their approval.

Such approval can open a chance for the data to be used for data trading. Even though the platform provider claims to only use data that has been approved by users, the platform's company does not have full control over individuals who work in the corporation, he said.

"Because it turns out, a lot of our data is being traded on black markets. This does not only occur during the digital system but also the conventional system," he explained.

Apart from individuals, cybercrime also targets industry players. Companies can experience great losses if they fall victim to cybercrime.

To this end, he advised every industry player to prepare a plan and policy to handle cybercrimes at the internal level.

That way, they can take action before handing over the case to law enforcement agencies.

"It will be more efficient and effective. Therefore, I advise industries to be able to guard themselves against risks that could damage the name, reputation, and credibility of industries," he said.

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