NIK must be used for public services

The Director General of Population and Civil Registration (Dukcapil) of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Zudan Arif Fakrulloh, invites the public to memorize the Population Identification Number or NIK. Because, NIK will be the key in accessing all public services. This is in line with the government’s move towards the era of one data based on NIK.

“This is a stage that we design so that all people start to care about the Single Identity Number. The single identity number is translated into NIK, which is a single number that is unique, made once and valid for life,” said Zudan in a press statement. written, Wednesday (29/9/2021).

Director General of Population and Civil Registration (Dukcapil) of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Zudan Arif Fakrulloh.  (Photo: Ministry of Home Affairs)

Director General of Population and Civil Registration (Dukcapil) of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Zudan Arif Fakrulloh. (Photo: Ministry of Home Affairs)

Zudan added that the provisions for using the NIK have been mentioned in Presidential Regulation Number 62 of 2019 concerning the National Strategy for Accelerating Population Administration for the Development of Biological Statistics. This Presidential Regulation was later reaffirmed by Presidential Regulation Number 83 of 2021 concerning Inclusion and Utilization of NIK and or Taxpayer Identification Numbers in Public Services.

Zudan said, the Ministry of Home Affairs continues to encourage public services to access Dukcapil data. Until 2021 there are 3,904 institutions that have collaborated with the Ministry of Home Affairs, an increase from the previous 30 institutions in 2015.

“Going to the hospital remembers the NIK, takes care of the SIM remember the NIK, takes care of the pre-employment card remembers the NIK, social assistance remembers the NIK. That’s the NIK that must be remembered,” he added.

Personal data on ID cards such as the Population Identification Number (NIK), address and date of birth can be misused by irresponsible people (photo: illustration).

Personal data on ID cards such as the Population Identification Number (NIK), address and date of birth can be misused by irresponsible people (photo: illustration).

Executive Director of the Institute for Community Studies and Advocacy (ELSAM) Wahyudi Djafar said the use of NIK for public services is vulnerable to discriminating against citizens from public facilities. The reason is that not all Indonesian citizens already have an Identity Card (KTP) which includes a NIK. An example of the problem is the vaccination program that has not touched residents without a NIK, such as persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and migrant workers with problems.

“Until today, not everyone can access the population identity in which data is related to NIK, especially vulnerable groups,” explained Wahyudi Djafar to Mouab, Friday (1/10/2021).

Executive Director of ELSAM, Wahyudi Djafar.  (Photo: ELSAM)

Executive Director of ELSAM, Wahyudi Djafar. (Photo: ELSAM)

Wahyudi explained that the NIK prerequisites in accessing public facilities increasingly made the NIK a very important data. However, on the other hand, the protection of personal data in Indonesia is still not optimal. Therefore, ELSAM encourages the president to re-evaluate the implementation of Presidential Regulation 83/2021 regarding the use of NIK as a condition for accessing public services.

“This is how personal data is managed. Because the 31 items of population data regulated in the Population Administration Law are all personal data,” he added.

ELSAM encourages the president to accelerate the ratification of the Personal Data Protection Bill to ensure enforcement of this policy and asks the Ombudsman to ensure that public services do not occur in violation.

The government has officially regulated the use of a Population Identification Number (NIK) and/or a Taxpayer Identification Number (NPWP) as a mandatory requirement for accessing public services. This is as regulated in Presidential Regulation no. 83/2021 concerning the Inclusion and Utilization of NIK and/or NPWP in Public Services.

Previously, Law no. 23/2006 as amended by Law no. 24/2013 concerning the Population Administration Law has also regulated the use of population data as a condition for accessing public services, development planning, budget allocation, democratic development, and law enforcement and
criminal prevention. [sm/lt]

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