A visitor tries the game of "Pokemon Go" on Indonesia's State Palace, in Jakarta, on Wednesday (20/7). "Pokemon Go" has been banned in state place area as it is the workplace of the President and for security reasons and declining productivity at work. (Antara Photo/Yudhi Mahatma)

Indonesia Bans Civil Servants From Playing Pokémon Go


JULY 22, 2016

Jakarta. The Indonesian government has banned civil servants from playing the highly popular augmented-reality game Pokémon Go while they are on duty.

The ban was issued on Wednesday (20/07) by the Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform Minister Yuddy Chrisnandi.

The minister's special staffer Fariza Irawady said all civil servants, including the police and the military, are prohibited from playing Pokémon Go in or near government buildings to prevent security breaches as the game collects location data using smartphone's GPS.

The ban, shown in the letter below, does not mention what sanctions will be imposed on civil servants caught playing the game at the office.


Recently, security officials have warned of possible security breaches which can be caused by playing the location-based game.

A French national, Romain Pierre, 27, was temporarily detained by the police for unlawfully entering a military base in Cirebon, West Java, to hunt for Pokémon characters on Monday.

National Police chief Tito Karnavian had already banned his subordinates from playing the game. Meanwhile, Islamic clerical body MUI said playing Pokémon Go was a "waste of time" and may issue a fatwa against it.

The game's producer Nintendo has not officially rolled out Pokémon Go in Indonesia but that has not stopped tech-savvy gamers from downloading the game — by using a proxy location on their smartphones to give them access to app stores in other countries where the game is officially available.

The House of Representatives has also scheduled a meeting later this month with Communications Minister Rudiantara to discuss the dangers of playing Pokémon Go.