Indonesia to tighten Internet surveillance

Indonesia plans to tackle Internet crime by tightening the supervision of web surfers. "The aim is to minimise the misuse of the Internet, including for criminal activities," said Gatot Dewa Broto, a spokesman for the country's telecommunications regulator. Teams will monitor when and where surfers log on to the Internet and the addresses of the sites they visit. The initiative would apply to all surfers, including those at home, in the office or at Internet cafes, in a bid to tackle crime like the fraudulent use of credit cards online. The identity of individuals will not be recorded but could help locate where and when computers were used in online crime. About 16 million people surfed the web in the country in 2005, according to the latest figures available from the Association of Internet Providers in Indonesia.

News source: Physorg

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