Thursday, 24 Jan 2019

Vietnam government has passed a controversial cybersecurity law


Image for illustrationImage for illustration -  Vietnam has just passed a controversial Cybersecurity Law. The law has been voted to enforce, although a massive demonstration against the rule has occurred in various cities in Vietnam in two days since Sunday, June 11 2018 to reject the law.

The law that approved by 91% of Vietnam's lawmakers,  was requires the global technology companies, such as Google and Facebook to store their user-owned personal data by locally in Vietnam. 

In addition, the technology companies are also required to open their representative office in Vietnam.

So far, the companies have rejected the Vietnamese government's proposal regarding the Cybersecurity Act.

Vietnam Voices and Security Committee head,  Vo Trong Viet who drafted that law, said the requirement to storing data in Vietnam is a crucial way to combat cybercrimes and it was corresponds with international provisions.

"To store the data of user in Vietnam, it raises big costs for businesses. But this is a necessary requirement that needs by the security cyber of Vietnam," Viet told to Vietnamese lawmakers, as quoted by Reuters on Wednesday, June 13 2018.

This law became one of the issues that brought by protesters during a massive demonstration on Sunday, June 11 2018. 

According to experts and counter-activists, this law will hurt and broke the economy of Vietnam and the group which always criticizes the government act.

Meanwhile, accroding to third parties, such as the United States and Canada, they were tried to influence of Vietnam to delay the vote. 

Both countries even asked Vietnam to review the law to comply the international standards, because they was feared that the law will hinder the digital innovation and cyber security in Vietnam in the future.






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