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NA approves Law on Cyber Security

Released at: 16:12, 12/06/2018

NA approves Law on Cyber Security

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Law a much-needed addition to Vietnam's legal framework given recent instances of cyber attacks around the world.

by Ngoc Lan

The National Assembly (NA) passed the Law on Cyber Security during the morning session on June 12, with 86.86 per cent of delegates voting in favor. The law will come into effect on January 1, 2019.

With seven chapters and 43 articles, the law stipulates activities in protecting national security and ensuring social order as well as safety in cyberspace and the responsibilities of concerned agencies, organizations and individuals.

Paragraphs 3 and 4 of Article 26 stipulate that domestic and foreign enterprises providing services on telecommunication networks and the internet and other cyber-based services in Vietnam that collect, exploit, analyze and process data on individual information and information on the relationship between service users and data generated by service users in Vietnam must be archived in Vietnam within time limits set by the government.

Foreign enterprises, as defined, must set up branches or representative offices in Vietnam.

According to the NA Standing Committee, Google and Facebook are currently storing data of Vietnamese agencies, organizations and individuals at data centers located in Hong Kong and Singapore. When the provisions of the law come into effect, they must move their cloud computing (virtual server) to Vietnam and open data centers in the country.

The NA Standing Committee said that the application of security exception clauses in the law is essential to protect the interests of the people and national security. Vietnam has the right to require data be archived within the country. More than 18 WTO members (including the US, Canada, Australia, Germany, and France) have adopted similar measures.

While locating data centers in Vietnam will increase cost for enterprises, it is nonetheless necessary to ensure cyber security. Any interruptions can also be addressed faster, and authorities will be better able to manage enterprises in the field.

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