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Indonesia has approved Steam, PayPal, and Yahoo to continue their operations in the country after the companies have complied with the government’s registration mandates.

Steam, PayPal, and Yahoo are now Unblocked in Indonesia

According to Engadget’s report, Valve, the owner of Steam, PayPal, and Yahoo, have all been cleared by Indonesia, enabling them to continue the business. The nation barred citizens from using the services of certain firms that failed to register with a government database by the deadline on July 29. After registering, the Communications Ministry unblocked access to PayPal, Yahoo, and Valve services.

“PayPal is entirely dedicated to abiding by all rules and regulations that are in effect in the areas in which we do business,” a representative for PayPal told Engadget.

Paypal has established direct contact with the Ministry of Communication and Informatics and has registered as an Electronic Systems Operator in Indonesia. Customers of PayPal can now send, receive, and retrieve their funds as usual.

Indonesia’s 2020 licensing requirements empower authorities to force platforms to hand over user data. Moderation is another issue. The platform must delete “disruptive” or unlawful material. Urgent removal requests are due within four hours; if not, they have 24 hours to delete them.

Even though the regulations were introduced two years ago, several renowned businesses reportedly struggled to register in time and maintain their services. Meta, Amazon, and Google allegedly joined a few days before the deadline. However, Epic Games Store and EA’s Origin service are still prohibited.

Domestic and Foreign ISPs were Demanded to Register as PSEs in Indonesia

Last month, Internet Service Providers (ISP) from domestic and international countries were required to legally register with the Information and Communications Ministry as an Electronic Systems Provider (PSE). Operating restrictions that have been in effect nationwide since July 20 will be imposed for noncompliance.

According to reports, the ministry’s no-PSE list included Google and its suite of services, which includes YouTube and Meta’s Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp. Other well-known companies on the list include Netflix, PUBG Mobile, and Mobile Legends.

Gojek, Tokopedia, and Traveloka are examples of regional apps that have registered as PSEs. Spotify and Linktree are examples of international ones.

The ministry’s threat of a ban is certainly not new, and companies that have missed deadlines in the past without suffering severe consequences.

For user protection and cyber security, the ministry announced legislation requiring digital services to register as PSEs by November 24, 2020, or face a ban in Indonesia. Despite several extensions, the threat has proven to be a farce since local and international IT companies who missed the registration deadline did not even get a warning.

On moral or legal grounds, the ministry has been known to prohibit apps and websites recently. These include the homosexual dating app Blued for its “immoral” LGBT material, TikTok for its general “poor content,” and Telegram for allegedly encouraging the spread of extremist ideas. However, the latter two have since had their suspensions lifted.

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