Vietnam passes law requiring Google, Facebook to reveal user data

DESPITE privacy concerns, the Vietnamese government on Tuesday approved a cybersecurity law that tightens control of the internet and global tech companies operating in the Communist-led country. The cyber law, approved by 91 percent of attending legislators, requires Facebook, Google and other global technology firms to store locally “important” personal data on users in Vietnam and open offices in the country. The law also raises fears of economic harm and a further crackdown on dissent. The vote in the National Assembly came two days after legislators delayed a decision on another draft law that had sparked violent protests in some parts of the country. Thousands of demonstrators in several cities and provinces denounced a plan to create new economic zones for foreign investment that has fuelled anti-Chinese sentiment. Some protesters had also derided the cybersecurity bill, which experts and activists say could cause economic harm and stifle online dissent. SEE ALSO: Vietnam protests over feared 99-year leases for China   “I love my country, and I have no reactionary motivations,” one protester, Bao Vinh said, as quoted by Radio Free Asia. “I only want to voice my concerns and express how upset I am.” “I’m raising my voice for Vietnam. If we lose our country, we won’t be able to live in peace,” he said. Tuesday’s vote was held amid tight security, with police manning barricades outside the legislature in the capital, Hanoi. It was not clear when the cyber law would take effect. ... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Vietnam passes law requiring Google, Facebook to reveal user data, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Vietnam passes law requiring Google, Facebook to reveal user data





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Published By: ASIAN CORRESPONDENT - Tuesday, 12 June, 2018



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