Jakarta – US payments firm PayPal has registered as an electronic systems operator in Indonesia and its customers can now access its services, the company said on Wednesday.
The Indonesian government had blocked PayPal's website on Saturday because of its failure to comply to licensing rules, but access to the website was temporarily opened starting Sunday to allow customers to transfer funds.
The Communication and Information Technology Ministry on Saturday blocked PayPal, search engine website Yahoo, and several gaming services due to failures to meet a deadline under licensing rules.
Registration is required under rules released in late November 2020 and will give authorities broad powers to compel platforms to disclose data of certain users and take down content deemed unlawful or that "disturbs public order".
Semuel Abrijani Pangerapan, a senior official at the ministry, told an online briefing on Sunday the government is opening access to PayPal for five working days. "Hopefully that is enough time for users to migrate, get their money and find other services," he said