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Indonesia: Government and DPR cancel discussion on cybersecurity bill

OneTrust DataGuidance confirmed, on 28 November 2019, with Lia Alizia and Budhy Apriastuti, Partner and Associate at Makarim & Taira S. respectively, that the discussions surrounding the cybersecurity bill ('the Bill') in Indonesia have been stopped, and the latter will not be passed in 2019.

In particular, Alizia and Apriastuti noted that, "[T]he discussion on the Bill ceased on 27 September 2019. This is because the formality required for the discussion on the Bill to be continued was not satisfied, i.e. the relevant ministries acting as the Government's representatives (namely, the Minister of Law and Human Rights, the Minister of Administrative Reform and Bureaucratic Reform, and the Minister of Communication and Informatics), who were invited to the meeting with the House of Representatives ('DPR') on 27 September 2019, did not attend the [latter]. The Government should have delivered a Problem Inventory List of the Bill to the DPR during that meeting, which was the last meeting of the DPR members for the 2014-2019 term. [Subsequently, these DPR members] cannot hold any meetings because they have been replaced by the DPR members for the next term of 2019-2024. Therefore, discussion of the Bill had to be cancelled."

In addition, Alizia and Apriastuti highlighted that, "To know what to expect next, we need to wait to see whether the Bill will be included in the National Legislation Programme, which the Government and the DPR are still discussing. If the Bill is included, hopefully, the discussion of the Bill and the issuance of the Bill can be expected in the next couple of years."

You can read the Bill, only available in Indonesian, here.