Corona Alarm: When Virus Viraling is A Criminal Offence

By: Sonny Zulhuda

coronavirus_update920.jpg.daijpg.600Everyone now speaks about this COVID-19, the latest Corona virus epidemic which started in China recently and had now affected over 45,000 people worldwide, and killed more than 1,200 people. People talk about it because it is everyone’s concern. It is about life and death (beyond just economy!).

The problem now is, we have too much information to the extent that it is so hard to identify the truth behind each piece of information. Some of those info may have led to increasing fear and panic. I believe this is not what we want: mixing facts with fiction, then distorting our priorities.

It is interesting to note recently (the past few days) that some penal sanctions were upheld by courts in Malaysia against those who are found to spread fake news or information about COVID-19. Here are some excerpts from one media report (The Star Online, 13 Feb 2020):

“Retiree fined RM5,000 for spreading fake news”

SANDAKAN: A former employee of the Sabah State Railway Department was fined RM5,000 in default 10 months’ jail by the Magistrate’s Court here for spreading fake news on Covid-19 (novel coronavirus), Bernama reported.

Magistrate Suhailla Selag meted out the fine on Aliuudin Amit, 67, who is retired, after he pleaded guilty to the offence yesterday. He was charged with circulating a statement aimed at causing public mischief through WhatsApp by spreading a rumour about a prisoner in Sandakan Prison who died from Covid-19. The offence was committed at Lot 70, Jalan Selunsung, Taman Sempelang, Kota Kinabalu, at 9.34pm on Jan 23. The statement was read by an officer of the Sandakan Prison at 10.46am the following day.

The charge was under Section 505(b) of the Penal Code, which provides for a jail term of up to two years, a fine or both, upon conviction. In mitigation, Aliuudin, who was unrepresented, promised not to repeat the mistake. Aliuudin paid the fine.

Now, let us see. The report said it was “fake” news. What law was used to bring the charge? No, not the “Anti-fake news Act, because it is now repealed (Almarhum) already. Instead, the charge was brought under Malaysia’s main criminal code, i.e. Penal Code section 505.

Section 505 of Penal Code is entitled: Statements conducing to public mischief. It has few sub-section, but let me zoom in to the sub-section (b) which has been used by the Court. Here are the excerpts: Continue reading

Sharing on PDP Law in Malaysia

By: Sonny Zulhuda

IMG-20190611-WA0041.jpgFriday, 13th December 2019 – I am scheduled to address the IT Law Class in AIKOL, IIUM discussing the topic of Personal Data Protection Law in Malaysia. The slides can be obtained here: PDP LAW for IT Law Class 131219.

Thank You Dr. Mahyuddin for inviting me in.

See you in class brothers and sisters 🙂

 

Urgensi Undang-undang Perlindungan Data Pribadi di Indonesia

By: Sonny Zulhuda

Materi presentasi: STIHPADA 2019

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Education in the Era of Industrial Revolution 4.0

By: Sonny Zulhuda

Today we welcome the visit by the delegates from Universitas Al-Azhar Indonesia (UAI) Jakarta, Indonesia to IIUM Campus.

IMG-20191024-WA0049.jpgThe Rector of UAI Prof. Dr. Ir. Asep Saefuddin, M.Sc will be delivering his public lecture on “Education in the Era of Industrial Revolution 4.0” at the the Law Faculty Building, International Islamic University Malaysia, Gombak, Selangor.

This event is jointly organised by the IIUM International Office and PPI-IIUM (Indonesian Students Association in IIUM).

The presentation material can now be downloaded here: Education Toward Society 5.0 ASEAN Model_IIUM_25 Oktober 2019

Several Aspects of Regulating Financial Technology (Fintech)

By: Sonny Zulhuda

IMG_20191007_221021_242Minggu ini saya diminta bicara di Seminar International tentang Fintech di 3rd International Conference on Islamic Epistemology (ICIE) 2019 Indonesia di Universitas Al-Azhar Indonesia (UAI) Jakarta, Indonesia.

Di antara key points yang akan saya sampaikan adalah:

1. Fintech (Financial Technology) adalah inovasi yang harus dijaga (bukan malah dihalang-halangi) oleh regulasi.

2. Fintech tidak tumbuh dalam ruang nir-regulasi (legal vacuum) oleh karena itu masih harus taat terhadap aturan main yang ada.

3. Pengaturan Fintech perlu hati-hati, sinergis dan technology-neutral, jika tidak maka regulasi akan kounter produktif dan fintek layu sebelum berkembang.

4. Layaknya mengatur produk-produk teknologi, mengatur fintek perlu memadukan berbagai aspek termasuk norma, pasar, arsitektur dan juga kode/pengaturan.

5. Terakhir, kita perlu awas terhadap ruang-ruang samar (blindspot) dalam pengaturan data fintek.

DOKUMEN PAPARAN/SLIDES bisa diunduh disini ICIE UAI 2019

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15705050726624888919158111138120Terimakasih kepada penyelenggara seminar UAI dan IIIT yang telah mengundang saya untuk berbagi.

Beberapa slides dibawah didapati dari presentasi Pembicara kunci dari Otoritas Jasa Keuangan (OJK) Indonesia:

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IMG_20191008_102848Nasrun minallah wa fathun qarib. Semoga bermanfaat.

The Rule of Law, Democracy and Human Rights: New Norm on Data Protection

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Saatnya Indonesia Memiliki UU Perlindungan Data Pribadi

By: Sonny Zulhuda

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Ada tiga hal yang memerlukan jawaban kita:

  1. Data Pribadi warga Indonesia semakin terekspos, disalahgunakan, dieksploitasi oleh kerakusan dan ketamakan penggiat Big Data.
  2. Data Pribadi warga Indonesia menjadi bulan-bulanan mereka yang tidak akan berhenti mengeksploitasi sumber dan kekuatan ekonomi Indonesia
  3. Data Pribadi warga Indonesia yang menjadi makanan sehari-hari media sosial, teknologi intrusif dan juga para kriminal yang sewaktu-waktu akan menerkam kita.

Dimana perlindungannya hukumnya? Disinilah signifikansinya UU Perlindungan Data Pribadi (Personal Data Protection Law).

Apa saja sebenarnya yang hendak diatur dan dilindungi dalam UU tersebut? Apa hak-hak individu terhadap datanya sendiri? Apa batasan yang dikenakan bagi mereka yang ingin menggunakan data pribadi orang lain, baik untuk kepentingan bisnis maupun lainnya?

Ini di antara pokok pikiran yang tertuang dalam presentasi saya di Universitas Muhammadiyah Purwokerto, 21 September 2019. Bagi para peserta, silakan mengunduh materi SLIDES disini: >> Hukum Data Pribadi UMP 210919

Dalam Seminar Nasional yang diselenggarakan oleh Fakultas Hukum UM Purwokerto ini, selain saya, ada sahabat saya yang juga akan ikut urun rembuk, yaitu Dr. Iwan Satriawan dari FH UMY dan Mas Bayu Setaiawan, S.H, M.H., dari FH UM Purwokerto. Selain itu juga ada Sdr Teguh Arifiyadi, S.H., M.H.

Semoga kesempatan silaturahim dan urun pikiran ini dapat kita manfaatkan bersama. Terimakasih Bapak Rektor Dr. Anjar Nugroho dan Ibu Dekan Susilo Wardana, SH., SE., M.Hum. atas kesempatan yang diberikan kepada saya.

Nashrun minallah wa fathun qariib.

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