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posted by Fnord666 on Tuesday June 12, @07:45PM   Printer-friendly
from the the-more-you-tighten-your-grip dept.

Vietnam wants more control of its internet.

Vietnam is taking a leaf out of China's book when it comes to regulating the internet.

Legislators in Vietnam have approved a law requiring global tech firms with operations in the country to keep user data there, Reuters reported Tuesday. In addition, social media companies like Facebook will have to remove offending content from their platforms within one day of receiving a request from authorities.

An estimated 55 million people in Vietnam use social media regularly and the country is home to some of Facebook's most active users, ranking at seventh worldwide, according to a 2018 global digital report. Vietnam already has existing laws penalising anyone guilty of "propaganda against the state."

[...] There's no timeline given yet as to when the new law will kick in. Still, people are concerned it will stifle free expression in Vietnam.


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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by Thexalon on Tuesday June 12, @08:27PM (4 children)

    by Thexalon (636) on Tuesday June 12, @08:27PM (#692089) Homepage

    Instead of the government censoring the Internet, the US is busy changing the rules to allow Comcast, Spectrum (formerly Time Warner), and AT&T to do the censoring with absolutely no accountability to anyone. Hooray for Freedom!

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  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 12, @08:44PM (3 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 12, @08:44PM (#692098)

    Kick them back to common carrier status where they don't snoop on user traffic and act like dumb pipes. Let the government hunt down illegal activity the hard way.

    I'd like to hear some of those Net Neutrality opponents chime in here and explain how this is all just the market balancing itself out....

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 12, @10:34PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 12, @10:34PM (#692122)

      I haven't read beyond TFS however it seems the new law is about where the data is stored, not the ISP. For example, companies like Facebook would be required to maintain servers in Vietnam and store user data for any of it's Vietnam users there, presumably giving the Vietnam government easier access to those accounts and greater censorship powers.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 12, @11:03PM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 12, @11:03PM (#692132)

      Kick them back to common carrier status where they don't snoop on user traffic and act like dumb pipes.

      We will never get dumb pipes while the ISP acts as the government's internet gatekeeper. We have to circumvent and get rid of the ISP entirely. There is no other way it can possibly happen.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 13, @03:08AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 13, @03:08AM (#692201)

        I like the suggestion of BBSes in the metathread.