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Facebook runs afoul Vietnam authorities as cybersecurity law takes effect

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LAST year, Vietnam’s National Assembly approved a new cybersecurity law that came into effect on Jan 1, and Facebook is reportedly the first to get in trouble over non-compliance.

The law, which allows the government to compel foreign website owners to censor information and hand over data on demand, had been criticised widely by the US, EU, and international media.

Vietnam holds that the law was designed to improve cybersecurity in the country. However, critics claim that the legislation, quite similar to China’s draconian internet rules, is aimed at silencing online dissent.

The new Vietnamese law also states that companies, whether banks, financial institutions, or e-commerce companies, should host servers inside the country — sparking fears of data........

© Asian Correspondent