Vietnam should repeal new law choking cross-border data flows

Vietnam's new cyber-security law, which took effect on Jan 1, represents a significant step backwards for the country's economy.

By restricting data flows, the law will discourage investment by global, cutting-edge companies in data-intensive industries. To minimise the damage, Vietnam should reverse course and repeal it.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 30, 2019, with the headline 'Vietnam should repeal new law choking cross-border data flows'. Subscribe