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Indonesia passes data protection bill

After a string of data leaks, Indonesia's parliament has finally passed into law a personal data protection bill that comes with up to six years imprisonment for violators. According to reports, the bill includes corporate fines and imprisonment for those found to have mishandled data in the country. The biggest fine is 2% of a corporation's annual revenue and could have their assets confiscated or auctioned off. It also calls for up to six years in jail for falsifying personal data for personal gain or up to five years for gathering personal data illegally. The bill authorises the president to form an oversight body to fine data handlers for breaching rules on distributing or gathering personal data.

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