Indonesian gov't pledges not to wiretap social network

13:24, March 31, 2011      

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An Indonesian government official assured the public on Wednesday that the government has no intention to wiretap accounts in social network for intelligence purpose, saying that it's not its domain.

Gatot S. Dewantoro, spokesman of Indonesia's Communication and Information (Kominfo) Ministry, said that agencies authorized to undertake such a task were among others the national intelligence body (BIN) and anti-corruption agency in coordination with national police, general attorney office and telecommunication operators.

"We don't have the equipment that enable us to do so. Agencies authorized to carry out that task conducting their wiretapping duties under the existing regulations," Gatot told a press conference held at the ministry's premises here.

Gatot added that the existing regulation put sanctions up to ten years of imprisonment against unauthorized party that committed in telephone or internet data content wiretapping.

Social network users in the country were worried about the possible wiretapping on their accounts' contents following discussions in the parliament regarding draft law on intelligence that would possibly allow authorized institutions to wiretap social network content under security excuse.

Source: Xinhua
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