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Vietnam's draft law on cyber security sparks concern

Activists worry about clampdown, while online firms say business climate could be hit

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Vietnamese lawmakers are expected to pass a new cyber security law next week that threatens to still online dissent and further rein in Internet giants like Facebook and Google.

The draft law, authored by the Ministry of Public Security, requires online firms to set up local offices and store data on users in Vietnam. Both Facebook and Google now serve Vietnamese users from their regional headquarters in Singapore.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 06, 2018, with the headline 'Vietnam's draft law on cyber security sparks concern'. Subscribe