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Vietnam passes law requiring Google, Facebook to reveal user data

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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........

© Asian Correspondent