Data Protection Law for Digital Economy Transformation

By: Sonny Zulhuda

Personal Data Protection (PDP) Law plays a critical role in leading the digital economy transformation of a country.

Often the absence of a good PDP law (and its enforcement!) in any jurisdiction becomes not only a significant indication of the country’s failure to cope with the technological society trends and demand but also a warning to its consequent ramifications in terms of international trade barriers.

It is crucial for policymakers to understand this nexus. Though solving it may not be necessarily easy as empirical experiences from many democratic countries told us that legislating PDP law is a long and challenging process to go.

In this post, I am sharing my thoughts on the above topic, especially that of the context of Indonesia. As many of us know, back in November 2022, Indonesia officially passed Law No. 27 of the Year 2022 on Personal Data Protection. Promises and hopes abound, but there is always room for improvement.

Related to the above, I am due to present (online) the issues surrounding data privacy and digital management at Universitas Muhammadiyah Bengkulu on 29th May 2023. I will be speaking alongside Dr Ismail Fahmi, a social media specialist and activist, also known by his brand name “Drone Emprit“. Thank you Dr Andi Azhar for having me.

My presentation material (in pdf) can be obtained here.


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