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Indonesia to Beef Up Information Security Following Wiretapping Activities
Source: http://news.xinhuanet.com
Source Date: Thursday, November 21, 2013
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government
Country: Indonesia
Created: Nov 26, 2013

A senior Indonesian official said on Thursday that an evaluation on information security in ministries and government agencies would be implemented following the revelation of wiretapping activities by Australia and the United States.


"Our ministry would undertake talks with ministries and agencies annually as an effort to evaluate information security standard," Indonesian Information and Communication Minister Tifatul Sembiring said on the sidelines of his meeting with officials of telecommunication operator firms here.


Besides the plan to evaluate information security, the minister also plans to improve alertness of state officials in their casual conversations with foreign officials so as to make them aware on issues that should not be talked about with their counterparts.


Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has issued order to halt military and information exchange cooperation with Australia until the latter apologizes on the spying move conducted against Indonesia.


The president has sent official letter to Australian Premier Tony Abbott, asking an official explanation for the phone tapping activities. The Indonesian president added that he was irked by such an illegal activity as it was conducted when the relations between the two countries was very close.


Australia tapped the cell phones of Indonesian president, first lady, vice president and several other senior officials in August 2009, Australian and British media reported recently.


Previously Indonesia reportedly lodged strong protests following reports on wiretapping activities conducted by Australia and the United States through their embassies in Jakarta.
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