Internet Traffic Monitoring to Come into Effect Soon
Friday, 07 July, 2006 | 14:04 WIB

Tempo Interactive, Jakarta:The Information and Communication Department announced that the enactment of the Internet traffic monitoring regulation will be at the end of this month at the latest. “The regulation draft is still being discussed with the public,” Gatot S. Dewa Broto, spokesperson of the Information and Communication Department told Tempo in Jakarta yesterday.

In the discussion with the public, he said, there are still members of the community which doubt the effectiveness of the Internet protocol monitoring regulation. Internet providers also find difficulties in recording log files because the number of Internet protocols, which use POP3, PORT 25, SMTP PORT 110, HTTP, HTTPS or any other standard ports, is sizeable. This excludes voice traffic or games.

The Ministerial Regulation will regulate a task force called the Indonesian-Security Incident Response Team on Information (ID-SIRTII). All Internet providers, Internet exchange point organizers, and interconnection service providers must report the log of transactions to ID-SIRTII.

For telecommunication providers who are not connected with the Internet exchange point, their Internet transaction must be recorded, then reported to ID-SIRTII. The aim of this reporting is to prevent negative excess of communication such as credit card forgery. “This regulation is among many to prevent terrorism,” said Gatot.

He certified that the Internet traffic monitoring regulation can be effective because not all Internet traffic is monitored, but only those by Internet users who have the potential to be criminal. In the future, he said, ID-SIRTII will determine whether or not the size and message in electronic mail (e-mail) and log files are criminal in nature.

According to Gatot, the task force will be formed after the Internet traffic monitoring regulation is validated. “The government will select team members who comprise experts in telemathics, law and finance,” he said.

Eko Nopiansyah
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