Indonesia Introduces Right To Be Forgotten Law

The law covers content the users find humiliating and personally damaging

Indonesia has become the first Asian country to introduce a “right to be forgotten” law. The new law gives citizens the ability to remove any online content from search engine results pages that they find humiliating or personally damaging. The archipelago has adopted the ruling even though there have been no previous examples of an individual fighting for privacy rights. Damar Juniarto from Digital Democracy Forum has asked if the new law will be “another clause which will be mainly used by powerful people rather than by the wider society”. Political questions have been raised by the decision, particularly from activists who claim that only wealthy people in positions of authority who can afford legal representation will be able to remove information which the public needs to see. Currently, Google Indonesia has not commented on the changes.

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