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Indonesia Encourages Data Governance in DEWG G20


The COVID-19 PANDEMIC has encouraged an increase in the use of digital technology. This condition triggers a significant increase in global traffic and data consumption. In fact, data has become a vital catalyst for innovation and the basis for business expansion in the digital era.

Minister of Communication and Information Johnny G. Plate stated that the Government of the Republic of Indonesia is trying to encourage the adoption of data governance in the Digital Economy Working Group (DEWG) Forum of the G20 Presidency this year.

“It is very important for a country to have a strong foundation of trust as a prerequisite for implementing cross border data flow and data free flow. The proper use of cross-border data flows is expected to accelerate the contribution to the world economy,” said the Minister of Communication and Information at the GSMA Ministerial Program Strategies for Energizing the Data Economy, in Barcelona, ​​Spain.

According to Johnny, the implementation of cross-border data flow has its own challenges. Therefore, the Government of the Republic of Indonesia emphasizes the issue of cross-border data flow and data free-flow with trust to demonstrate the important role of data in taking advantage of digital economic opportunities.

“In addition, the security and sovereignty of each country’s data must also be considered with respect, with an emphasis on the principles of transparency, legitimacy, fairness, and reciprocity,” he explained.

The Minister of Communication and Information stated that the Government of the Republic of Indonesia supports the emphasis on cross-border data transfer in accordance with applicable state law and international law.

“And to answer the challenge in question, Indonesia applies four pillars in cross-border data flow and data free-flow with trust, namely lawfulness, fairness, transparency and reciprocity,” he said.

Citing the results of a study by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, Johnny explained four principles of implementing a free flow with trust data policy.

“First, the party who collects the data must be responsible and accountable for the management, storage, processing and sharing of the data collected,” he said.

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Second, each country should implement revised and updated mechanisms to manage cross-border data access for law enforcement purposes.

“The third recommendation, the state must bear the responsibility to stop the flow of data that violates applicable laws and regulations,” said the Minister of Communication and Information.

Furthermore, the fourth recommendation in the study report entitled “Principles and Policies for the Free Flow of Data with Trust” in 2021, Johnny stated that countries should support the role of encryption in securing the flow of data and digital technology.

Therefore, to bridge the dialogue regarding the protection of data security and state sovereignty over data, as well as cross-border data flow and data free-flow with trust, the Government of Indonesia has included this discussion as one of the priority issues in the Digital Economy Working Group (DEWG). under Indonesia’s G20 Presidency this year.

“Indonesia will facilitate discussion on this issue, in order to reach a clear common definition of trust and general principles in cross-border data flow activities, the value of which will be applied at a practical level,” said the Minister of Communication and Informatics.

In the G20 Indonesia Presidency, Johnny stated that the initiative would consider the key points of mapping similarities in the regulatory approach for Cross-Border Data Transfer developed by the previous Italian Presidency.

As a commitment to drive Indonesia’s digital transformation agenda, the data traffic flow policy is part of the Government of Indonesia’s focus to achieve strong data governance.

“I want to emphasize that optimizing the use of data for the Indonesian government is not only limited to making data governance regulations,” said the Minister of Communication and Information.

In the GSMA Ministerial Program Strategies for Energising the Data Economy, the Chief of Public Policy, Competition & Regulatory Officer, Telefonica, Juan Montero Rodil; Executive Director & Commissioner of Data Protection Commission Ghana, Patricia Adusei-Poku; Co-Founder & CEO of Digital Frontiers, Gavin Krugel; Vice President of Global Communications & Public Engagement, The Oversight Board, Dex Hunter Torricke; and Chief Strategy Officer, Etisalat Group, Kamal Shehadi. (RO/OL-7)