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Indonesia beefs up cyber security after data breaches

Jul 12, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership
Indonesia is pushing ahead with a data protection law, following a series of high-profile data breaches in recent months at some of its biggest e-commerce companies.

Indonesia's State Cyber and Crypto Agency has said the country had more than 98 million cyber attacks last year - up from 12 million a year earlier.

In early May, news broke on Twitter that online mall Tokopedia had suffered Indonesia's biggest data breach with the theft of personal data, including e-mails and passwords for 91 million accounts, which were put on sale on the Dark Web.

NEW REGULATIONS Up until now, rules governing personal data have been scattered across myriad financial, telecommunications and employment regulations that have made it tough for consumers to hold businesses to account for misusing their information, analysts said.

Modelled after the European Union's 2018 General Data Protection Regulation, Indonesia's pending Personal Data Protection Bill allows owners of data to withdraw permission for the usage of the data, to be notified within three days of its theft, and to sue if it is stolen.