Indonesia urged tech companies to register under new licensing rules, issued inspection and ban warning to those who didn't register (UPDATE) (2023)

UPDATE: Steam, Origin, Paypal and Epic Games are now blocked. Some providers slowly having them blocked, with state owned ISP such as Indihome and Telkomsel implement the ban early this morning. Source on my latest reply


Indonesia through Kominfo (Ministry of Communications and Information) has made a rules that requires tech companies to register their services toPSE database (Database Penyelenggara Sistem Elektronik, Electronics System Provider in English). This was already issued since one and half weeks ago, with the deadline of July 20th, and they warned any online services that didn't register will be blocked, with inspection that will follow if the companies have a regional office in Indonesia and stating that 'whoever companies didn't register means they don't see Indonesia as their potential market and it's their loss if they're being blocked'.

Despite the deadline already past due andthe rules already passed, there were no implementation of the ban, but inspection has been done to some tech companies especially to the ones that has regional office such as Google and Twitter, which was late registering their services. Kominfo also stated that the rules was made in order to 'ensure user safety, data privacy, andallow authorities to order platforms to take down content deemed unlawful, or that "disturbs public order" and to make sure any services in Indonesia have localization'. This rules, however, has sparked a lot of protest online, with some independent journalist and NGOs like SAFEnet (Southeast Asia Freedom of Expression Network)pointed out that there's transparency issues and potential for the rules to be abuse of power, and local cyber security consultant posting various proof that the registration website is clunky and unsafe.



Indonesia urged tech companies on Monday to register under new licensing rules, or run the risk of having their platforms blocked, with data showing many big tech firms such as Google and Meta had yet to comply days out from July 20 deadline. The requirement to register is part of a set of rules, first released in November 2020, that will allow authorities to order platforms to take down content deemed unlawful, or that "disturbs public order" within four hours if considered urgent, and 24 hours if not. (reuters) [...] The new rule is also to ensure that the tech companies are able to provide services in the Indonesian language. (metrotvnews) [...] While many feel the law is aimed more toward social media and online content providers like Google, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Netflix, and such, the new licensing system applies to all domestic and foreign Electronic Service Operators. The government can also compel companies to reveal communications and personal data of specific users if requested by law enforcement or government agencies. Simply put, authorities can take down content on a site or app of a tech company within four hours if it is considered a disruption to the peace. If the content has been flagged but requires a bit more investigation, the authorities can still take it down in 24 hours. (techwireasia)

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The new licensing system applies to all domestic and foreign Electronic Service Operators. [...] The government says the new rules have been formulated to ensure internet service providers protect consumer data, and that online content is used in a "positive and productive" way. Despite the threat, some analysts doubt whether Indonesian authorities would immediately block platforms operated by non-compliant companies, especially given how widely used some of the platforms are in Indonesia, including by state officials. [...] Some activists say the new articles related to content posed a threat to privacy and freedom of expression. "Our analysis shows that this will be the most repressive regulation of its kind in the region," said Nenden Arum, from digital rights group, the Southeast Asia Freedom of Expression Network (SAFEnet). Minister Plate said the registration requirement was administrative and not about content. (reuters)


The Communications and Information Ministry is requiring domestic and foreign private electronic services providers (ESPs) to register all services available in the country by Wednesday night or face imminent blocking, pursuant to Ministerial Regulation No. 5/2020 on private ESPs. [...] The rule is part of a set of implementing regulations under the 2008 Electronic Information and Transactions (ITE) Law, which grants the state sweeping censorship powers and has been misused to silence government critics.The ministry's applications and informatics director general, Semuel Abrijani Pangerapan, said that all private digital service providers (DSPs) like Google, Netflix, Meta and Twitter must be registered with the government's Online Single Submission-Risk Based Approach (OSS-RBA) licensing system. “All unregistered DSPs will be categorized as illegal, and as illegals, in accordance with [the Electronic Information and Transactions or ITE] law, they can be blocked,” Semuel told The Jakarta Post.

...“Why so sudden? [..] We have not heard anything about this since June 2021 and it appears that there is a transparency problem here,” said Nenden Arum, head of freedom of expression at digital rights watchdog Southeast Asia Freedom of Expression Network (SAFEnet). SAFEnet has long opposed the ITE law for potential abuse of power, and it views the DSP regulation as having the same potential. In a press release, SAFEnet highlighted that the law used the phrases “causing a public disturbance” and “public disorder” as among the conditions for taking down content or blocking access to a DSP. “How will the government decide if something is causing a public disturbance? Do they have any objective indicator or parameter? Who has the authority to decide? The answers to these questions have never been made clear, and that is our concern,” said Nenden.(TJP)


Hello mate, kominfo pse web can be bypassed just with regular user, I went silly and changed the session and successfully login as admin (secgron)

Please for whoever (in Kominfo), make an actually better and secure website first, then you can ask internet users to register (their services) in this PSE thingy. Don't be a hypocrite, be an example instead. This website (PSE from Kominfo) is not good and secure. The proof is you can read this text. This text wasn't written by an admin, but a regular user. Apparently it's easy to "penetrate" Kominfo made app that was said require billions to trillions of cost. Sad, IMO (secgron)

So after I registered as applicant, why is the register PSE button doesn't exist (ngga ada= nonexistent*), does it require the admin to accept. Then I tried to look at the developer console, from those networks I take a look where the get goes for the api- (api-get), then I checked storage session section and the cookies, I saw all the data inside, and what makes me curious is why there's a 'pemohon' (applicant) value, then I changed the value to "admin" and it failed, then I changed it to "administrator" and why does it worked? From there, I looked at the existing menu and doesn't change any of the data because I'm a bit afraid, and that's all dude (secgron)

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I also want a little info for netizens, right? It's better if we don't just fuss about PSE registration, but find out what the consequences of Permenkominfo regulation No. 5/2020 for our lives. If there is a PSE that registers like TikTok, Spotify, etc. [...] In article 9, paragraphs 3 & 4, the phrase 'forbidden' actually has a very wide range and its interpretation is karet (rubbery, slang for vague in Indonesian). For example, what is meant by “disturbing the community” in 4b, what is the size/standard, who will decide? [...] What are the consequences? The PSE that has been registered must take down posts that are considered "disturbing the public and disturbing public order". Because if not, there is Article 9 paragraph 6, which gives a blocking penalty (disconnection). We're not going to get viral content like that again.In Part Two of PSE Obligations Private Scope of User Generated Content article 11 paragraph c, PSE will not be blocked if the PSE removed the content prohibited in article 9. Consequences: registered PSEs will have to frequently remove content that "disturbs the public and disturbs public order"

[...]What do you mean by cut off access? If you read the contents of article 13, PSE must really make the content inaccessible to anyone, not just not visible to people. [...] Next, regarding the termination of access [...] Those who can request a termination can be the community, K/L (Kementrian/ Lembaga, ministry or agency), APH (Aparat Penegak Hukum, law enforcers), court orders. Then the minister gave orders to the PSE. PSE then remove it in 1x24 hours.Doesn't it require a court order to cut off proper access according to international rules? Well, this is Indonesia. The content "disturbing the public and disturbing public order" is included in the urgent content of Article 14 paragraph 3. It must be deleted in 4 hours. If not, the ISP is told to block it. [...]In article 21, registered PSEs are required to provide access to electronic systems and electronic data to K/L and APH for supervision and law enforcement. But (1) the absence of independent supervision in obtaining access to personal data, (2) In practice, there is often misuse of personal data, especially by the bureaucracy and law enforcer. (Damar Juniarto)


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For those who don't know, the Jakarta Administrative Court in 2020 decided that @kemkominfo violated the law regarding internet blocking and restrictions in Papua. Just imagine that the Ministry which has a history of breaking the law related to the termination of access is now given power with vague and dangerous articles. Articles 9, 14 and 36 in Permenkominfo No. 5 of 2020 will make this law-breaking Ministry even more dangerous.Think about why until now Twitter, Google and Meta (FB, IG, WA) still haven't registered their platforms to PSE @kemkominfo? If these platforms sign up, then they will violate their own privacy policy & our privacy as users will also be threatened.In the Minister of Communication and Informatics Regulation Number 10 of 2021 concerning Amendments to the Minister of Communication and Information Technology Number 5 of 2020 concerning PSE in the Private Scope, at least 3 articles were found problematic. [...]Article 9 paragraphs 3 and 4 are too dangerous because "disturbing the community" & "disturbing public order" are very vague. Later it can be used to "turn off" criticism even if it is delivered peacefully. What's the basis? They just answer "disturbing public order".Then article 14 paragraph 3 is again found to be "disturbing the community" and "disturbing public order". In this section, they will be able to limit their freedom of expression and opinion at will. Why is my content taken down? They just answer "disturbing the community".They made the vague article on purpose so they could do whatever they wanted. The point is that if you follow the government's definition, nothing will go wrong. We have all seen the impact of the rubber article in the ITE Law. This Permenkominfo is also very disruptive.Then what is also troublesome is article 36, law enforcement will later be able to request the content of our communications and personal data to PSE. What is the guarantee that this will not be misused to limit or end the movements of those who are against the government? Nothing, right?So far, Kominfo has not done anything about it, once they does something, they're troublesome. [...]Regarding the rubber article, because it is too broad and there is no clear definition, anyone is free to define it according to their wishes and this is dangerous. Regarding the data request in article 36, remember the Apple vs FBI case? Requests for data cannot be arbitrary, there must be an order from the court. (secgron)

My thoughts

I already lost hope with how internet works in Indonesia from 2018. This kind of internet L is already common in here and net neutrality is pretty much screwed here. Our govt arbitrarily blocking sites for 'NSFW content and misinformation' with no explanation on why they're actually got the ban (such as Reddit, Imgur, Vimeo and used to be they also blocked Tumblr but it was lifted after various protest on the internet),and now this? I think at this point they're just showing off their clown side. Pulling a great firewall and having a pathetic network infrastructure is just a brutal combo, and I don't know if they're going to revise this or heck, just cancel this. Even though I'm not sure if they have the will to do that because our govt is kind of corrupt and decided to choose people that doesn't have great understanding on how internet works and what looks like an outdated resources for their network infrastructure. Also I know, I'm sorry if this is really long especially with the translated tweet

*I also need to add some notes for 4th quote because this used to spark a drama on twitter for stupid reason:It's pronounced Enggakand is a slang for Noin Indonesian. This is not a slur!


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original tweet from Teguh Aprianto (secgron) and Damar Juniarto (DAM) in Indonesian:

Edited by KeradSnake
Steam, Origin, Paypal and Epic Games are now blocked :(


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In which country Instagram is not available? ›

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Is YouTube banned in China? ›

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Due to heavy pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, China blocks access to Instagram in an attempt to manage social networking communications between users in China.

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Is Instagram illegal in Russia? ›

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Taiwan vs China.
Religious FreedomFreeSome not allowed
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Social NetworkFacebook, Instagram, YouTubeWeibo
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