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Concerns as Vietnam ponders new cybersecurity law

VIETNAM, a country with about 93 million people of whom, 50 million are on Facebook and 64 million access the internet at least once every month, is looking to implement a new cybersecurity law. At the National Assembly, the bill will be debated – and is likely to be passed. If so, it will come into effect on June 15. “Authorities believe that a new, more focused law is needed to deal with public security concerns, including the fact that, based on studies and statistics, Vietnam is one of the susceptible countries in the world to cyber-attacks,” Tu Ngoc Trinh and Waewpen Piemwichai, Associates at Tilleke & Gibbins wrote in a blog post recently. SEE ALSO: Vietnam unleashes 10,000 cyber troopers to combat ‘wrong views’ However, lawmakers and analysts feel that some provisions of the draft law are redundant or inconsistent with the existing Law on Network Information Safety and the Information Technology Law. Some of the provisions, for example, give greater control to the government over international digital giants like Google and Facebook. Earlier drafts of the bill required providers of telecom and internet services, such as the companies mentioned above, to maintain their servers in Vietnam. Fortunately, in later drafts, this requirement was dropped, but the law stipulates that foreign service providers must maintain a “representative” office or presence in Vietnam, and must store user data in Vietnam only. This provision has caused concern to US lawmakers, lobbyists, and diplomats as well. US Trade Representative Jeremy Gerrish “raised US concerns about Vietnam’s proposed cybersecurity law, including the impact of localisation requirements and restrictions on cross-border services for the future development and growth of Vietnam’s economy,” said the US Embassy in Hanoi in a statement. ... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Concerns as Vietnam ponders new cybersecurity law, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Concerns as Vietnam ponders new cybersecurity law

 

 

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Published By: ASIAN CORRESPONDENT - Tuesday, 5 June, 2018

 

 

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