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Electronic System Provider (PSE) Registration Provisions in Indonesia

The blocking of Private Scope Electronic System Operators ("PSE") that missed the Ministry of Communication and Information's ("Kominfo") notice of the registration deadline resulted in several PSE's being blocked, including PayPal, on July 30th, 2022. As a result, the policy has sparked public outcry. In response, Kominfo announced a new approach to temporarily open the PayPal website and expects consumers who utilize PayPal services will be able to transfer deposited money elsewhere.

As regulated by Indonesian Government Regulation No.71 of 2019 concerning the Implementation of Electronic Systems and Transactions ("GR 71/2019"), Kominfo provides facilities for Private Scope PSEs with Risk-Based Licensing via the Online Single Submission (OSS RBA) system in collaboration with the Ministry of Investment/BKPM, as regulated by Regulation of the Minister of Communication and Information Technology No.5 of 2020 ("MoCITR 5/2020") in conjunction with Regulation of the Minister of Communication and Information Technology No. 10 of 2021 on the Amendment to the Regulation of the Minister of Communication and Information Technology No. 5 of 2020 concerning Private Scope Electronic System Operators ("MoCITR 10/2021"). Furthermore, in MoCITR 10/2021, the Implementation of Private Scope PSE Registration shall be carried out since the implementation of Risk-Based Business Licensing through the OSS system is effective, as evidenced by a registration certificate.

In accordance with MoCITR 5/2020 and MoCITR 10/2021, administrative sanctions will be imposed. Further administrative sanctions, such as a written warning, temporary suspension, and access blocking must also be considered for Private Scope PSEs who already have a registration certificate but do not report changes to registration information. However, if the Private Scope PSE has fulfilled the registration criteria, the access will be restored.

So, what are the PSE Private Scope criteria required to be registered? Under the regulation in Indonesia of MoCITR 5/2020 in conjunction with MoCITR 10/2021, Private Scope PSE is defined as implementing an "Electronic System" by people, business entities and the public. Furthermore, Electronic System is defined as a series of electronic devices and procedures that function to prepare, collect, process, analyze, store, display, announce, transmit, and/or disseminate Electronic Information. Moreover, the private sector PSEs that are required to register are:

  1. An Electronic System Provider that is regulated or supervised by the Ministry or Agency based on the provisions of laws and regulations; and/or
  2. An Electronic System Provider that has online portals, sites or apps through the internet used for:
    1. providing, managing, and/or operating the offer and/or trade of goods and/or services;
    2. providing, managing, and/or operating financial transaction services;
    3. delivering paid digital material or content through a data network either by downloading through a portal or website, delivery through electronic mail, or through other apps to the Subscriber's device;
    4. providing, managing, and/or operating communication services, including but not limited to, short messages, voice calls, video calls, electronic mail, and online conversations in the form of digital platforms, networking services and social media;
    5. search engine services, services for providing electronic information in the form of text, sound, image, animation, music, video, film and game or a combination of and/or all of them; and/or
    6. processing private data for public service operational activities related to electronic transaction activities.

If you, a prospective client, have further inquiries regarding this matter, Schinder Law Firm is one of many corporate law firms in Indonesia that has handled a lot of licensing matters, with many experienced and professional civil lawyers and dispute lawyers in its arsenal, making it one of the top consulting firms in Indonesia. Feel free to contact us at info@schinderlawfirm.com for further consultation.

Author: Dewi Susanti

Schinder Consultant London Ltd.


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