Vietnamese cybersecurity law

08 February 2019

A new cybersecurity law in Vietnam has come into effect as of January 1, creating some concerns for breaches of privacy and freedom of speech. The following two articles outline the key points and the resulting concerns of the new law, and what it means for businesses operating in Vietnam.

Vietnam’s new cyber law curbs dissent and business

The newly implemented cybersecurity law in Vietnam is not only creating concerns internally – other countries and international groups also expressed criticism of the new law, stating that it has only been implemented to give the government more power to control online information. Though not as sophisticated or ubiquitous as the Chinese cybersecurity law, many fear this is just the first step for Vietnam. The new law means that businesses in Vietnam will have to store all data inside the country, and include information such as names, addresses, health records and political views of all users. All organisations that provide online services will also be required to have a physical office in Vietnam. Although only recently implemented, this law is already discouraging a growing number of start-ups and investors from trading or starting operations in Vietnam.

Read the full article on the RFI website.

'Stalinist' Vietnamese cybersecurity law takes effect, worrying rights groups and online campaigners

On January 1 2019, Vietnam implemented a new cybersecurity law aimed to ensure social order and safety in the country. However, this law is creating major concerns for free speech advocates and rights groups. These concerns are due to the law making it a criminal offence to post or share any criticism aimed at the government. All content that goes against the government ideology will now be supressed and the authors of content will be charged and punished. Under the new law, Vietnamese businesses will also be required to store user data locally and hand over all information on users to police upon request. This law has resulted in strong opposition from human rights groups, who view it as too totalitarian and controlling – calling it a Stalinist model. Besides concerns over personal privacy and the right to free speech, there are also mounting worries that the law will damage Vietnam’s economic growth and opportunities by reducing investor confidence.

Read the full article on the CNN website.

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