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Indonesia's Personal Data Protection Law and ISO 27001 ISMS: A Synergistic Approach to Data Security

November 10, 2023

The rapid development of technology has both positive and negative impacts. One of the negative impacts is related to personal data security. To address this issue, the Indonesian government passed the Personal Data Protection Law (UU PDP) on September 20, 2022.

In general, personal data protection refers to the comprehensive measures taken to safeguard personal data during its processing to uphold the constitutional rights of individuals whose data is being processed.

Under the regulation, personal data controllers must demonstrate the explicit consent granted by the personal data subject while processing personal data. They must also ensure the confidentiality of personal data and prevent any unauthorized access to it.

In the PDP Law, numerous criminal sanctions are regulated, including but not limited to:

  • Any individual who intentionally and illegally acquires or accumulates personal data that does not belong to them with the intention of benefiting themselves or another individual, which may lead to harm to the affected party, will face a maximum prison sentence of 5 years and/or a maximum fine of IDR 5 billion.
  • Any individual that intentionally and unlawfully reveals personal information that does not belong to them will face a maximum prison sentence of four years and/or a maximum fine of four billion Indonesian rupiahs.
  • Anyone who intentionally and unlawfully uses personal data that is not their own shall face a maximum sentence of five years imprisonment and/or a maximum fine of Rp5 billion.
  • Anyone who intentionally fabricates or modifies personal data with the intention of benefiting themselves or others, which potentially harms third parties, may face a maximum imprisonment of 6 years and/or a maximum fine of Rp6 billion.

ISO 27001 is a globally recognized standard for managing information security. It offers a comprehensive framework and guidelines for securing data within an organization. The standard assists organizations in preserving the confidentiality, integrity, and accessibility of data and reduces the potential exposure to various security risks.

The Personal Data Protection (UU PDP) and ISO 27001 aim to guarantee data confidentiality, integrity, and availability. ISO 27001 offers an organized framework for organizations to create and sustain an information security management system, while the PDP Law provides a legal framework for the responsible handling of personal information.

Implementing ISO 27001 is a way for organizations to meet the stringent demands of data protection laws. Incorporating these standards not only ensures regulatory compliance but also bolsters the organization's information security posture, ultimately benefiting its operations and the individuals whose personal data it processes.

Assessing your information systems with the help of expert, independent advice from industry specialists allows you to implement improvements to suit your business. With our unrivalled experience and global presence, choosing SGS is a smart investment for you and your customers.

Moreover, achieving ISO/IEC 27001 certification demonstrates your organization's dedication to information security and offers clients and partners the assurance that their information is safeguarded under your organization's control.

Indonesia's Personal Data Protection Law (UU PDP) and ISO 27001 ISMS offer a synergistic approach to data security and privacy. Organizations that handle personal data in Indonesia can benefit from implementing ISO 27001 to ensure compliance with UU PDP and establish robust information security practices. By embracing these standards, businesses not only protect personal data but also build trust with their customers, ultimately strengthening their competitive edge in a data-driven world.

How SGS Help You?

With years of worldwide experience in information security, cybersecurity and privacy protection, we can help you along the path to certification with an ISO/IEC 27001 certification audit. Your audit can include a gap assessment and benchmarking. We will determine your level of information security competence and provide advice on how to achieve ongoing improvement.

With SGS Academy's training courses, we will equip you with the knowledge and skills to perform audits and implement the management system.

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