01 Jan Vietnam Criticized for New “Draconian” Cyber Law
Vietnam has been criticized for its new cybersecurity law which came into force this January 1, with the US and EU calling it “a totalitarian model of information control” similar to China’s repressive Internet censorship.
Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director of HRW said that the new law was designed to further allow the Ministry of Public Security’s pervasive surveillance on government critics and to deepen the Communist Party’s monopoly on power.
Critics also said that online freedom in Vietnam has considerably shrunk since 2016 under the hardline administration, and it will make startups think twice about doing business in the country.
Source: The Straits Times