Indonesian President’s COVID jab certificate leaks – authorities argue perfectly reasonable • The Register
Indonesian authorities admitted that the country’s president’s COVID-19 vaccination certificate circulated online and tried to explain that it was an indication of admirable transparency, rather than dismal security. .
It is not disputed that President Joko Widodo’s vaccination certificate was made public at the end of last week.
The reasons for its dissemination are disputed.
On one side, there are those who argue that the document’s unforeseen public debut is further proof that the Indonesian government is bad at getting information. The evidence to support this argument is easy to find: The register only one chronicled the leak of personal information from the Indonesian COVID quarantine management app, and another from the national health insurance scheme. Indonesia has also urged citizens to stop posting their own vaccination certificates on social media because they contain other personal data.
The emergence of President Widodo’s immunization records – along with the date and time he was vaccinated – has been criticized as undermining public confidence not only in the immunization process, but in the government’s digital services. general.
This is not what Indonesia needs. The nation is the sixteenth nation in the world in terms of GDP, and the fourth in terms of population, and although it is on the verge of becoming an economic powerhouse, its government services are neither well distributed nor sophisticated.
Hence the issuance of a joint statement from the country’s health ministry, the National Cyber and Crypto Agency, and the communications and information ministry, which together offer a perfectly innocent explanation for the leak.
The statement points out that online services make it possible to retrieve vaccination certificates for verification purposes, with the citizen’s name, national identification number, date of birth, date of vaccine and type of vaccine, all required.
The agencies said the reports offer ample evidence of when the president was trapped. National ID numbers, they add, are to be made public through the Indonesian Election Commission website, so Widodo’s number is not hard to find. Her birthday is no secret either.
The type of vaccine is a bit harder to guess, as Indonesia seems to have used at least four and maybe up to ten different types of vaccines! But with four of the five required data points known, guessing the jab Widodo received wouldn’t require a lot of tech skill, if any.
The agencies also claim that they recently improved privacy by removing the ability to use cell phone numbers to search for immunization status. So the security is fine, thank you very much. Unless you are the president or some other prominent figure whose personal information is of necessity in the public domain. ®