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Indonesia investigating alleged data breaches at state-owned firms

State-owned telecommunication company Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom) doubles the target of new subscribers for its triple play service (internet, TV, and home phone), Indihome, from 20 million to 40 million in 2020. (Kontan/-)

Jakarta, – The Indonesian government is investigating alleged personal data breaches at state-owned telecoms firm PT Telkom Indonesia’s internet service IndiHome and state utility PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN), the Communications and Information Technology Ministry said on Sunday.

Samuel Abrijani Pangerapan, a senior official at the ministry said in a statement the ministry had summoned representatives from Telkom and PLN and had sent recommendations on data protection to both firms.

A Telkom spokesperson told Reuters on Monday that there was no breach of IndiHome customers’ data.

PLN’s spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment although it was quoted by local media as saying on Saturday that it was investigating an alleged breach.

Indonesia has had a slew of alleged data breaches in recent years, including on its COVID-19 screening app which led to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s vaccine records being shared widely on social media in September.

A data protection bill aiming to bolster the country’s cyber security infrastructure was submitted to the House of Representatives in 2020 but has yet to be passed. | Reuters | Jakarta Post

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