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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Vietnam Adopts Restrictive Cybersecurity Law

On June 12, the Vietnamese Ministry of Information and Communications announced that the National Assembly had approved, by an overwhelming majority, a cybersecurity law designed to protect national security.  Amongst its provisions are requirements for companies providing telecom and internet services to users in Vietnam for data localization, the establishment of local headquarters and making information about users judged to be engaged in anti-state activities available to authorities.  Vietnam has one of Asia’s fastest growing digital economies, but companies such as Google and Facebook may need to cease operations there, since compliance would be incompatible with their global privacy policies. How the new requirements apply to other multi-national companies remains to be determined.  The new law comes into effect on January 1, 2019.

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