Indonesian-German exchange on data protection authorities and officers

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The Secretariat for the Indonesian-German Digital Dialogue organised an exchange on data protection authorities (DPA) and data protection officers (DPO) in Germany and Indonesia. It was set up on behalf of the two partner ministries – the German Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV) and the Indonesian Ministry of Communications and Informatics (MCI). The exchange took place on 2 May and revolved around DPA and DPO frameworks. It followed up on a fruitful exchange on personal data protection held last year.

The implementation of data protection laws requires clear responsibilities. © Akitada 31 / Pixabay

With the growing digital landscape, it is becoming increasingly important to develop strategies and frameworks for the protection of personal data. As more personal information is shared online, it is vital to maintain privacy and trust in the digital world. In this light, the Secretariat for the Indonesian-German Digital Dialogue organised an exchange on the implementation of data protection frameworks.

More than 40 participants from ministries and agencies in Germany and Indonesia attended the event. It was opened by Mr Marc Lendermann of BMDV and Mr Ichwan Makmur Nasution of the Center for International Cooperation at MCI. Both highlighted the critical need to have a robust data protection law. They also emphasised the importance of international cooperation, as knowledge exchange and mutual support can lead to stronger data protection mechanisms.

Exchange of experiences

Mr Bayu Agutama, Head of Bilateral Affairs at MCI, led the exchange, together with Mr Aries Kusdaryono, Director of Information Application Governance at MCI. Mr Kusdaryono provided insights on data protection authorities (DPA) and data protection officers (DPO) in Indonesia. Ms Lisa-Marie Lange, Hessen’s Deputy Data Protection Commissioner, then presented how DPA and DPO frameworks are implemented in Germany.

The exchange of best practices and lessons learned from both countries provided an enriching discussions among the participants. Overall, the event marked a significant step forward in the Indonesian-German cooperation in the field of data protection. It also reinforced the commitment of both nations to fostering a secure and resilient digital environment.

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