No foreign server required to be hosted in Vietnam

The Hanoitimes – Foreign internet-based service providers may not be requested to host their servers in Vietnam compulsorily, the new version of Cybersecurity law said. Instead, foreign providers like Google, Facebook or Twitter would have to save Vietnamese users’ data and show up to local authorities in case of emergency or needed, heard from the discussion at the National Assembly on January 11. This controversial point has been previously debated at the draft law discussion months ago. The first draft law requested internet-based service providers like Google or Facebook host their servers in Vietnam for “security reason”. As previously stated in the paragraph 4 of the Article No.27 under this draft, foreign telecom and internet services providers operating in Vietnam have to comply with the law and respecting the national sovereignty, interests and security of Vietnam; setting up representative office in Vietnam with local users from 10,000 upwards or under the request from the Vietnamese Government. Besides, these companies have to record local users’ data within the Vietnam’s territory. However, these requirements have now been focused on data instead of the servers, informed the Minister of Public Security To Lam.  In fact, the requirement of the server location has been stated in the Decree 72 on the Management, Provision, Use of Internet Services and Information content online, however “this proposal has caused controversial due to its unprecendent”, said the Vice Minister of the Information & Communication Nguyen Thanh Hung.  In the current context of technology advancement, potential cyber attacks pose… [Read full story]


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