On June 12, 2018, Vietnam’s parliament approved a new cybersecurity law  that contains data localization requirements, among other obligations. Technology companies doing business in the country will be required to operate a local office and store information about Vietnam-based users within the country. The law also requires social media companies to remove offensive content from their online service within 24 hours at the request of the Ministry of Information and Communications and the Ministry of Public Security’s cybersecurity task force. Companies could face substantial penalties for failure to disclose information upon governmental request. In addition, the law bans internet users in Vietnam from organizing people for anti-state purposes and imposes broad restrictions on using speech to distort the country’s history or achievements. As reported in BNA Privacy Law Watch, the law will take effect on January 1, 2019.

On October 21, 2016, the Vietnam e-Commerce and Information Technology Agency and APEC co-hosted an APEC Cross-Border Privacy Rules (“CBPR”) system capacity-building workshop in Da Nang, Vietnam, on the heels of last week’s bilateral affirmation of commitment between the U.S. and Japan to implement and expand the CBPR system. The workshop further signals the continuing growth of the CBPR system. Continue Reading APEC Cross-Border Privacy Rules System Poised for Expansion

On July 22-23, 2013, the APEC E-Commerce Business Alliance and the China International Electronic Commerce Center, a subsidiary organization of the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China, held a seminar in Beijing entitled Workshop on the Online Data Privacy Protection in APEC Region. In addition to delegates from Mainland China, representatives from numerous other jurisdictions were in attendance, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Malaysia, Vietnam, South Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

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On July 28, 2009,  the Data Privacy Subgroup meeting at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum in Singapore reported a number of privacy-related legislative developments on the horizon.  Among the highlights:

  • On July 15, the Malaysian Cabinet approved privacy legislation to be enacted by the Parliament in early 2010 
  • Vietnam is set to enact consumer protection legislation including privacy provisions in 2010 
  • Hong Kong’s Privacy Commissioner will soon begin a review process to evaluate how privacy law has kept up with changing technology
  • The Philippines is set to enact privacy legislation based on the APEC Principles by the end of 2009
  • Thailand is expected to pass privacy legislation in the near future
  • The Law Reform Commission in New Zealand is laying the groundwork for legislation in 2010
  • Chile plans to enact legislation creating a government authority responsible for privacy and transparency

The Centre for Information Policy Leadership facilitated workshops contributing to the legislative processes in Vietnam and the Philippines.