Electronic Identity Cards Can Withstand Photocopiers: BPPT

An officer sorts the e-KTP at a Population and Civil Registration Agency in Semarang, Central Java, on Feb. 20, 2013. (JG Photo/Dhana Kencana)

An officer sorts the e-KTP at a Population and Civil Registration Agency in Semarang, Central Java, on Feb. 20, 2013. (JG Photo/Dhana Kencana)

Contrary to a recent government warning, the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) said that the Indonesian electronic identity card, known as e-KTP, is safe to be photocopied.

However, the agency suggested that people avoid using photocopiers to obtain data from the cards, as they are meant to be obtained through a card reader.

Hammam Riza, the agency’s director of information and communication technology, said that government’s warning against photocopying the cards is not because of a flawed chip. He said the card’s technology is of international quality.

“To prevent long-term damage, it is suggested not to photocopy it as it will only debase the function of the chip. As it has chip on it, there’s no need to photocopy it. It only needs fingerprints for real-time verification through card reader,” Hammam said.

Home Affairs Minister Gamawan Fauzi had previously issued a letter to related institutions warning them not to photocopy or staple the card as it would damage the chip. In his letter, he asked the institutions to provide card readers as a way to read the data in the e-KTP.

His statement has sparked widespread criticism, given the cost of the e-KTP project.

Indonesian institutions, both government and private, often request photocopies of identity cards.

  • blightyboy

    Well maybe the JG can test one?

    • http://www.facebook.com/dewi.thompson.9 Dewi Thompson

      I am sorry Blighty but that is asking JG to actually follow up on a story which it seems they have no interest in to doing no matter how large the story or the implications.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dewi.thompson.9 Dewi Thompson

    I wonder what company, owned by who sells these particular card readers? Is there more than 1 distributor or is there just one sole distributor that is able to charge as much as they want for the card reader no matter how much it sells for in the overseas market?

    No wonder banks and companies decide to just make a photocopy.

  • sheldon

    If you need a copy, just take one with a camera and that cannot effect the card

  • Roland

    What now? Flip flop, yes, no, ….ahhh

    • devine

      Guess they are getting nervous about the upcoming KPK investigation…

      • Valkyrie1604

        I certainly hope so!

  • devine

    So you suggest every citizen gets a free digital camera together with the e-KTP? :)

    • Valkyrie1604

      :-) :-) :-)……….:-(

  • Catweazle

    Has anyone ever seen one of these card readers? Who’s got them? Which government offices use them? The police? The civil office? Immigration? Tax office? Who?

    • http://www.facebook.com/dewi.thompson.9 Dewi Thompson

      Exactly and who sells them and for how much compared to the price it is sold for overseas? Sole distribution rights in this country has given some sole distributors a license to steal.

      • Valkyrie1604

        Well done folks! We’re learning new things everyday. The last line on this article says it all. Gamawan failed terribly.