Vietnam’s National Assembly approved the new cybersecurity law in June, determining that on January 1, 2019, tech giants would have to help the socialist government to fight cyber attacks and crack down on “hostile and reactionary forces” publishing anti-government or anti-state materials online. The law further made it illegal to “post false information that could cause confusion and damage to socio-economic activities.”CC0Moscow to Establish Special Cybersecurity Department in Very Near Future The law requires ISPs to store user data at offices inside Vietnam so that user data can be provided to authorities upon request, giving them until 2020 to comply. However, while the move has come under criticism from groups like Human Rights Watch and the Asia Internet Coalition, a November draft decree by Vietnam’s Ministry of Public Security noted that “laws of 18 countries in the world, namely the United States, Canada, the Russian Federation, Germany, China, Indonesia, Greece, Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Turkey, Venezuela, Colombia, Argentina and Brazil, require foreign internet-based services firms to store their important data within the host countries.” Vietnam has roughly 60 million Facebook users among its 95 million people, Al Jazeera notes.CC0Tech Companies Like Google and Apple May Leave Australia Over Cybersecurity Law Do Nguyen Mai Khoi, a Vietnamese pop singer-turned-political dissident, chose the two tech giants as targets of her protest against the law last week, accusing Google… Read full this story
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